18 June 2014

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Secretary-General Calls Innovative Public Service Core of Development Goals,

Commending 19 Award-Winning Institutions from 14 Countries


Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message for United Nations Public Service Day, to be observed on 23 June:

The annual observance of Public Service Day highlights the invaluable contributions of public servants and administrators in our efforts to build a better world for all.

At a time of complex and interdependent global challenges, effective governance and efficient public administration are central to meeting our development goals.  They will also be vital for implementing the post-2015 development agenda.

At today’s commemoration in Seoul, the United Nations will recognize 19 public institutions from 14 countries for their outstanding achievements.  The winners and finalists come from different regions and different levels of development, but what they have in common is having overcome complex challenges through innovative public service.  They have revitalized education for the marginalized, enhanced transparency and accountability, supported environmental protection and deployed technology to increase the efficiency of health and water services.  These trailblazing efforts have resulted in greater equity and inclusion in the delivery of public services in their communities.

I congratulate these institutions for their dedication to excellence.  I encourage all who work in public service to learn from them and take inspiration from their successes.

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