United Nations Public Service Day


“Public service must be more than doing a job efficiently and honestly. It must be a complete dedication to the people and the nation.”                                     ~Margaret Chase Smith   – Senator of the United States

Public Service is a part of the economy, responsible for providing services under government-controlled sources. The workers in the public sector do not have proper recognition though they play crucial roles in providing essential services to the community. The United Nations Public Service Day is a day for appreciating those who give quietly their best for the country.

The United Nations Public Service Day is celebrated on the 23rd of June every year and intends to “celebrate the value and virtue of public service to the community.” Recognizing the work contribution of public servants, promoting their professionalism, and encouraging the younger generation to pursue careers in the public sector are the main intentions of originating United Nations Public Service Day. Simultaneously, an award ceremony has been coordinated to appreciate the great services of workers in the public sector.

In 2002, the United Nations (UN) declared June 23rd as a special day to celebrate workers’ excellent, significant services by adopting resolution 57/277. The United Nations established the United Nations Public Service Awards (UNPSA) program in 2003 to give public service even more recognition. Since 2016, the UN focused on sustainable development goals for a better future by 2030 throughout the awards program and also holds a special conference called the UN Public Service Forum each year with different countries to share ideas about how government works. In addition, development workshops and a ministerial roundtable are also included in this forum.

The United Nations Public Service Forum 2024 and Awards Ceremony will be held in Incheon, Republic of Korea from 24 to 26 June 2024. The theme of 2024, “Fostering Innovation amid Global Challenges: a Public Sector Perspective”, reflects the growing need for creative solutions to tackle the complex issues facing nations today.

Although most workers do their part hard and full of strength, they receive insulting feedback. Especially in public service, insulting comments are undermining the incredible effort put in by most workers. As a diplomatic and political international organization, the United Nations exchanges ideas with other countries, and encourages workers to be appreciable. United Nations Public Service Day is not only a celebration that belongs to the United Nations, it is the representation of the workers of public service around the world. Be grateful to all of the workers who give their huge contribution to the better future.

Written by: Sandani Gunasekara


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