UN Public Service Awards

The UN Public Service Awards (UNPSA) recognizes excellence in public service at the global level. The Awards were launched in 2003 to promote and support innovations in public service delivery worldwide. In 2016, the UNPSA was aligned with the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The purpose of the UNPSA is to promote and reward innovation and excellence in public services in support of the realization of the SDGs and the principle to leave no one behind, which is at the core of the 2030 Agenda. Altogether, the UNPSA aims to illustrate that sustainable development and effective governance are built on the competent delivery of public service.

To ensure a level playing field for nominations from different countries, UNPSA winners are decided according to the five UN regional groups: Africa, Asia-Pacific, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Western Asia.

The UNPSA recognizes achievements and contributions by public service institutions in three categories: ability to reach the poorest and most vulnerable through inclusive services and partnerships; efforts to make institutions inclusive and ensuring participation in decision-making; and promoting gender responsive public service to achieve the SDGs.

Since 2003, more than 4000 initiatives from 82 countries have participated in the UN Public Service Award. More than 250 initiatives 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.

UN Public Service Award winners are honored in an awards ceremony which takes place, each year, on 23 June. This day is designated by the UN General Assembly as the UN Public Service Day and celebrates the value and virtue of public service to the community. For 2018, the awards ceremony will take place during the UN Public Service Forum in Marrakesh, Kingdom of Morocco.