Today, as we honour these essential workers and so many more, we must also reflect on how to better protect, recognize and invest in their well-being as we build back better, together. And I say directly to these inspiring public servants: We are all deeply indebted to you for your remarkable acts of service to humankind.UN Secretary-General António Guterres
The COVID-19 crisis has also brought new needs for digital government services and more demand on existing services. A review of the national portals of the 193 United Nations Member States showed that by 25 March 2020, 57% (110 countries) have put in place some kind of information on COVID-19, while around 43% (83 countries) did not provide any information; but a further analysis showed that by 8 April 2020, around 86% (167 countries) have included information and guidance about COVID-19 in their portals.
The World Public Sector Report (WPSR) has been published by the Division for Public Institutions and Digital Government of UN DESA since 2001. The forthcoming edition will focus on national institutional arrangements of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and their effectiveness. This call for contributions invites individual researchers and experts, as well as policy research institutions to submit inputs and policy briefs highlighting issues, trends, research findings or solutions in relation to the research questions that the report seeks to address.
International days and weeks are occasions to educate the public on issues of concern, to mobilize political will and resources to address global problems, and to celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity. The existence of international days predates the establishment of the United Nations, but the UN has embraced them as a powerful advocacy tool. We also mark other UN observances.