Strut your team's innovation on the world stage

By The Mandarin

January 22, 2018

Calling national, state and local government: the United Nations wants to hear what you’re doing to improve public service delivery.

Did you know June 23 is the United Nations Public Service Day? Every year the UN’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs holds a forum to discuss how innovative policies support key issues, such as sustainable development, and gives awards to honour achievements and contributions by public service institutions.

The 2018 United Nations Public Service Awards is now open for nominations, and they’re looking for initiatives that inspire and leave no one behind.

This year, like the last two years, the focus is on a path towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.  The judges are also looking for transferability, sustainability, and engaged stakeholders, among other criteria. There are three categories for nominations:

  1. Reaching the poorest and most vulnerable through inclusive services and partnerships;
  2. Making institutions inclusive and ensuring participation in decision-making; and
  3. Promoting gender responsive public services to achieve the SDGs.

Nominated initiatives must have been implemented for at least two years. Entries compete only with other countries in their region, but for UN purposes Australia and New Zealand are grouped with Western Europe, the United States and Canada. Nominations close February 7.

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