June 23- United Nations Public Service Day

To highlight the value and virtue of public service to communities and development, and to recognize the work of public servants and encourage young people to pursue careers in the public sector, this day was designated as Public Service Day by the United Nations General Assembly.

Throughout the world, governments have introduced remote work culture because of the Covid 19 pandemic. Because of the pandemic, every country needs to re-think the structure and operating model of its civil service. The post-Covid world will see fundamental changes in how public servants are hired, trained, and retained. More technology will be leveraged to make better decisions, monitor performance, and deliver service. The future public service needs to be more agile, tech-savvy, data-driven, and human-centric.

On December 20, 2002, the General Assembly designated June 23 as Public Service Day by adopting resolution 57/277. To bolster recognition of the day and the value of public service, the United Nations established the UN Public Service Awards (UNPSA) program in 2003, which was reviewed in 2016 to align with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

United Nations Public Service Awards

The United Nations Public Service Awards is the most prestigious international recognition of excellence in public service. It rewards public service institutions’ creative achievements and contributions 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.

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Shristi Banerjee, 

Practising Advocate, High Court of Jharkhand (India)