New York, 23 June 2022 (TDI): The United Nations celebrates the United Nations Public Service Day every year on the 23rd of June to appreciate Public Service.
This day recognizes the value and virtue of public service to society. On 20th December 2002, the United Nations General Assembly established 23rd June as the day to appreciate the contributions of public service in the development process.
This day appreciates the efforts of public servants and urges young people to pursue a public-service-related career. The International Labour Organization adopted the convention in 1978.
Africa Public Service Day is also celebrated on 23rd June and this year it will be celebrated in Kigali, Rwanda. The United Nations (UN) also put the United Nations Public Service Awards (UNPSA) programme so that it aligns with the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.
UNPSA aims to enhance and reward innovation and excellence in public services. This is done by recognizing the creative accomplishments and contributions of public institutions leading to effective and responsive public administration.
Many public institutions plan many events on this special day under different themes. This year’s theme is: Building back better from COVID-19; Enhancing innovative partnerships to meet the Sustainable Development Goals. This year’s event is about the role of public institutions and public servants in recovering from the Coronavirus pandemic.
Public service is a service towards all members of society. Many areas of public service include the Public sector, Public Safety, Education, Government and diplomacy, as well as Non-profit administration.
There are many reasons why people engage in public service. Many people do it to gain valuable work experience or for networking opportunities. UNPSA awards people in public service according to region.
These regions include Africa, Asia-Pacific, Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Western Asia. The UNPSA ceremony has taken place in many cities including New York, Vienna, Barcelona, Seoul, Hague, and Marrakesh in Morocco.