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On 20 December 2002, the General Assembly designated 23 June as Public Service Day by adopting resolution 57/277 to "celebrate the value and virtue of service to the community". 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.

The United Nations Public Service Awards is a 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. Since the first Awards Ceremony in 2003, the United Nations has received thousands of submissions from all around the world.

Celebrating 20 years of the United Nations Public Service Awards   

In a significant milestone, the United Nations Public Service Awards (UNPSA) program is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2023. The UNPSA, established in 2003, aims to recognize and promote innovation and excellence in public service for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

In celebrating UNPSA’s 20th Anniversary, we re-connected with past winners to find out how winning the UNPSA has impacted their initiatives. Read more: "Time to Catch Up with Past Winners of the Awards"