"All countries and all people need a public service that is competent, equipped and well-resourced. Public service needs to be diverse and ethical. It needs to be dedicated to effectively serving people and improving the lives of the poorest and most vulnerable."
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
The UN General Assembly, in its resolution 57/277, designated 23 June as Public Service Day.
The UN Public Service Day intends to celebrate the value and virtue of public service to the community; highlight the contribution of public service in the development process; recognize the work of public servants, and encourage young people to pursue careers in the public sector.
Since the first Awards Ceremony in 2003, the United Nations has received an increasing number of submissions from all around the world.
A High-level panel discussion on “Leaving No One Behind: Innovative Institutional Approaches and Public Service Delivery for celebrating the 2016 United Nations Public Service Day” is being held at UN Headquarters in New York on 23 June. Watch the live webcast.