With the aim to appreciate the value of public institutions and public servants, June 23 is observed as United Nations Public Service Day. It highlights the contribution and role of public service in the development of all sectors around the world. UN Public Service Day celebrates the value and virtue of public service to the community; highlights the contribution of public service in the development process; recognizes the work of public servants, and encourages young people to pursue careers in the public sector.
United Nations Public Service Day 2022: Theme
The theme for this year’s event is “Building back better from COVID-19: Enhancing innovative partnerships to meet the Sustainable Development Goals.”
United Nations Public Service Day 2022: Significance
The day recognises the value and virtue of public service to communities. It also recognizes the work of public servants and encourages young people to pursue careers in the public sector. During the UN Public Service Day event, stakeholders will gather to discuss the role that various forms of partnerships can and should play in building back better from COVID-19 and in meeting the SDGs.
United Nations Public Service Day: History
The origin of the UN Public Service day goes back to December 20, 2002, when the General Assembly selected June 23 as Public Service Day after adopting a resolution 57/277. With an aim to give the day its recognition, the UN established the UN Public Service Awards (UNPSA) programme in 2003, which was later reviewed in 2016. This was done to align the day with the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.