Nominations are now open for the United Nations Public Service Awards, the most prestigious international recognition of excellence in public service.
It rewards the creative achievements and contributions of public service institutions that lead to a more effective and responsive public administration in countries worldwide. Through an annual competition, the UN Public Service Awards promotes the role, professionalism and visibility of public service.
The annual UN Public Service Awards programme is now open for 2022 and UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) is calling for nominations! The award aims to promote and recognize transformative initiatives that foster creativity and innovation in public services.
It is open to all public organizations, including local and national governments, and public institutions engaged in public-private partnerships working towards the achievement of the SDGs.
The 2022 programme has a special category on institutional resilience and innovative responses to the COVID-19 pandemic to highlight the effective responses and the continuation of the critical public services during the crisis.
Through a global competition that promotes the role, professionalism and visibility of public service, the UNPSA aims to:
- Highlight innovations in governance
- Reward excellence in the public sector
- Motivate public servants to further promote innovation
- Enhance professionalism in the public service
- Raise the image of public service
- Collect and disseminate successful practices for possible replication
- Fostering innovation to deliver inclusive and equitable services
- Enhancing the effectiveness of public institutions to reach the SDGs
- Promoting gender-responsive public services to achieve the SDGs
- Institutional resilience and innovative responses to the COVID-19 pandemic
- The Award is open to all public-sector institutions at the national, sub-national and local levels from all UN member states. In the case of partnerships (including civil society, private sector, academia etc.), the nominee must be a public-sector institution
- Both self-nomination and nomination by third parties are accepted. Applications should be made by an organization
- The initiative must be innovative and relevant to one of the UN Public Service Awards categories
- The initiative must have been implemented for a minimum of two years, with demonstrated and documented impact
- The application must be duly filled out
- The submission must include all the required supporting documents
- The initiative must not have already received a UNPS Award
- To avoid conflict of interest, the initiative must not be implemented by the United Nations System
- All public institutions at the national, sub-national, and local level from all UN member states are eligible to apply. In the case of public-private partnerships, the lead nominee must be a public-sector institution.
For more information, visit https://publicadministration.un.org/en/UNPSA