Public Service Award

The Awards aim at discovering innovations in governance; reward excellence in the public sector; motivate public servants to further promote innovation; enhance professionalism in the public service; raise the image of public service; enhance trust in government; and collect and disseminate successful practices for possible replication.

The UNPSA takes into consideration a geographical distribution of five regions. In order to level the playing field for nominations received from countries with varying levels of development and income, the following five regions have been established, including: Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe and North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Western Asia.

The UNPSA aims to illustrate that sustainable development and effective governance are built on the competent delivery of public service.

The Award recognizes achievements and contributions by public service institutions in three categories: ability to reach the poorest and most vulnerable communities through inclusive services and participation; efforts to promote transparency, accountability and integrity in public service; and innovation and excellence in delivering health services.

Since 2003, more than 250 initiatives in 82 countries have  received the UN Public Service Award, ranging from projects providing early assessment of children with special needs and investing in their skills development, to promoting gender equality, improving pharmaceutical and health services, monitoring and governing temporary settlements for displaced people, and educating young girls about adolescent reproductive health and puberty.

UNPSA 2017 will be handed out on 23 June 2017, a day designated by the UN General Assembly as the UN Public Service Day to celebrate the value and virtue of public service to the community.  The Awards ceremony will take place this year during the UN Public Service Forum in The Hague, The Netherlands.