United Nations Public Service Forum will honor best in governance

UNPSA DESA News imageThe United Nations Public Service Forum, Day and Awards Ceremony, a capacity-building gathering on public governance, will honor the best initiatives in governance and public service from 23 to 26 June in Medellin, Republic of Colombia. The theme of this year’s Forum is innovating service delivery to implement the post-2015 development agenda and it will culminate in the ceremony for the Winners of the UN Public Service Award from 18 countries.

The 2015 UN Public Service Awards Winners from Azerbaijan, Ecuador, Estonia, India, Kenya, Mexico, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates (1 st place winners) and Brazil, Ethiopia, France, Indonesia, Latvia, Philippines, Thailand (2nd place winners) will be celebrated during the 2015 UN Public Service Forum, Day and Awards Ceremony.

“The awards competition process helps us uncover and share many innovations that are going on all over the world in public sector institutions – innovations that make the lives of many people better”, UN DESA’s Under-Secretary-General Mr. Wu Hongbo noted during the 2014 United Nations Public Service Forum that was held in Seoul, Republic of Korea.

The 2015 Forum will help build a shared understanding on innovative government policies and strategies, practices and tools for building public sector capacities to promote a more effective, transparent, accountable, participatory and citizen-centric public administration and service delivery in support of the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda.

The Forum will also help build the capacity of governments, particularly in developing and Least Developed Countries, to anticipate and respond in innovative ways to the challenges posed by the implementation of the development goals and countries’ transition from meeting the Millennium Development Goals to implementing the post-2015 development agenda.

The Forum also promotes international and regional cooperation by providing government officials and other stakeholders an opportunity to exchange good practices, experiences and lessons learned through networking. Furthermore, the UN Public Service Awards (UNPSA) brings attention to innovative practices in the public service, which consequently can lead to replication in many countries.

Winning the Award has a big impact on the winning countries, beyond the ceremony. “Huduma Programme is already proving to be a showcase in efficient and effective public service delivery in Africa and beyond”, the President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta noted during a recent meeting with the UNPSA 2015 Winner the Huduma Programme that provides access to public services and information through One Stop Shop citizen service centres in Kenya.

Representatives from the Mobile Community Service Centre in the Limpopo Province of South Africa, Winner from 2004, shared that winning the UNPSA has incentivized institutions to “promote more innovative and creative solutions in fighting crime”.

UNPSA 2014 Winner from Brazil, the Mae Coruja Program from Pernambuco, noted that winning the Award has facilitated sharing the results of their work. “The Mae Coruja programme has produced an impact in reducing infant mortality and bringing positive change in the lives of these women…The programme is empowering women, families, and the society as a whole. It has brought us something we believe in”.

An estimated 800 participants from all over the world are expected to attend the Forum this year, including Ministers, senior government officials, and representatives from civil society, academia, and the private sector as well as international and regional organizations. The Forum will be conducted in plenary sessions and parallel capacity development workshops, and other events including an Expert Group Meeting, exhibitions and study visits.

The Forum is organized by UN DESA through its Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM), in collaboration with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), and with support from the hosting Government of the Republic of Colombia.

For more information: United Nations Public Service Awards