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2017 UN Public Service Forum: Accelerating Public Service Innovation for Agenda 2030

The Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM) is a division of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and provides secretariat support to the United Nations Programme in Public Administration. Its mission is to assist the Member States of the UN in fostering effective, efficient, transparent, accountable, innovative and citizen-centred public governance, administration and services for sustainable development.

DPADM is active in the field of e-government, in an effort to provide governments and all members of civil society easy access to this valuable information for research, education and planning purposes. In addition, under the theme “The Future is Now: Accelerating Public Service Innovation for Agenda 2030”, DPADM is organizing the UN Public Service Forum 2017, which will feature the UN Public Service Day and UN Public Service Awards. Read more about these initiatives below.

E-Government Knowledge Database & Survey

In the area of e-government, DPADM has published the E-Government Knowledge Database and conducted the UN E-Government Survey in 2016. The United Nations E-Government Survey presents a systematic assessment of the use and potential of information and communication technologies to transform the public sector by enhancing efficiency, effectiveness, transparency, accountability, access to public services and citizen participation in the 193 Member States of the United Nations, and at all levels of development. Learn more here.

UN Public Service Forum 2017

The United Nations Public Service Forum will take place from 22 to 23 June 2017 in The Hague, Netherlands, under the theme “The Future is Now: Accelerating Public Service Innovation for Agenda 2030”. The Forum will provide a platform to share experiences and discussion on public service innovation on, for example, youth, ageing, climate change, health, water or poverty and will allow ministers and other senior decision makers to reflect on how best to mobilize the public service and accelerate innovation for realizing the vision of the 2030 Agenda, the SDGs and to leave no one behind. Learn more here.

UN Public Service Day 2017

The UN Public Service Day intends to celebrate the value and virtue of public service to the community; highlight the contribution of public service in the development process; recognize the work of public servants, and encourage young people to pursue careers in the public sector. Since the first Awards Ceremony in 2003, the United Nations has received an increasing number of submissions from all around the world. This year, the United Nations Public Service Day will be celebrated on 23 June 2017. Learn more here.

UN Public Service Awards 2017

In relation to the UN Public Service Day, designated by the UN General Assembly, in its resolution  57/277 as 23 June, the 2017 UN Public Service Awards (UNPSA) received 552 nominations from all 5 regional groups, with most cases coming from over 22 countries in the Asia-Pacific region. The UNPSA recognises excellence in public service at the global level. It was first launched in 2003 in order to promote and support innovations in public service delivery worldwide. In 2016, the UNPSA was reviewed to align with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs. The awards ceremony will take place during the UN Public Service Day on 23 June 2017 and will form part of the events of the United Nations Public Service Forum that will be held in The Hague, Netherlands. Learn more here.

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