|DESA News Vol. 13, No. 06||June 2009|
Technical Workshop, Santiago, 1-4 June
Workshop, Santiago, 1-4 June
Bonn, 1-12 June
St. Petersburg, 4-6 June
International Workshop, Beijing, 8-10 June
Regional Workshop, Dhaka, 15-18 June
Workshop, Vientiane, Laos, 16-19 June
Workshop, Windhoek, 16-19 June
New York, 22-24 June
Expert Group Meeting and Capacity Development Workshop, New York, 23-24 June
United Nations Conference, New York, 24-26 June
Fourth Meeting, New York, 24-26 June
Geneva, 6-31 July
Public Service Day is commemorated each year on 23 June 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.
Over 300 participants from around the world are expected to attend this high-level event, including dignitaries, innovative leaders, as well as Ambassadors and delegates from 192 Permanent Missions to the United Nations. The President of the General Assembly, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, and the Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs are expected to preside over the opening ceremony. All staff members are invited to take part in the United Nations Public Service Day Celebrations. This event will be held at the United Nations Headquarters, New York, in Conference Room 4 from 10:00 am to 1:15 pm.
This year’s winning initiatives – ranging from water quality services to a national registration system – are from public organizations from Egypt, India, Poland, Republic of Korea, Slovenia, Sweden, Thailand and Zambia. The finalists are Canada, Oman, Republic of Korea and South Africa.
The competition is open to all public organizations and agencies at national or sub-national level, as well as public-private partnerships. Awards are given in three categories: improving transparency, accountability and responsiveness in the public service; improving the delivery of services; and fostering participation in policy-making decisions through innovative mechanisms.