Get involved Vol 23, No. 11 - November 2019

Know of an innovative public service institution? Nominate it now to the 2020 United Nations Public Service Awards!

We often take public services for granted. These services in public transportation, health care, education, social and emergency services are critical for a well-functioning society and they are primarily provided by public institutions. Most of the time, we are not aware of these important services, especially if they are effective, efficient and responsive. 

Although these services are essential, many public institutions are operating at their full capacity with limited resources while meeting growing public needs and expectations. The United Nations Pubic Service Awards (UNPSA) recognizes the importance of public service delivery and highlights resilience and out-of-the-box thinking in the public sector.

Since its launch in 2003, the programme has showcased innovative practices at local, regional and national levels around the world which improved the lives of people through enhanced service delivery, fostering participation and promoting accountable institutions.

The time has come to nominate potential honorees for 2020. This time, the awards will focus on the achievements and contributions of public service in five categories:

  • Delivering inclusive and equitable services for all;
  • Promoting integrated mechanisms for sustainable development;
  • Developing transparent and accountable public institutions;
  • Promoting digital transformation in public-sector institutions; and
  • Promoting gender responsive public services to achieve the SDGs.

Do you know of any innovative public service institution that works within these areas? Then don’t miss the opportunity to nominate them! The 2020 Awards is now open for nominations [here] until 27 November 2019. The submission rules and guidelines are available here in all six official languages.

The winners will be recognized and awarded during the week of 23 June 2020, in connection with the celebration of the United Nations Public Service Day.

Curious to know which institutions have been awarded this prestigious prize in the past? Look no further! All UNPSA initiatives are featured on the Innovation Hub. The Hub allows users to explore innovations trends in specific SDGs and in relations to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

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