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2019 United Nations Public Service Awards

2019 United Nations Public Service Awards

The United Nations Public Service Awards is 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 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. Through a global competition that promotes the role, professionalism and visibility of public service, the UNPSA aims to:

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  • 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; and
  • Collect and disseminate successful practices for possible replication

The winners are decided according to the UN regional groups as follows:

  • Africa
  • Asia and the Pacific
  • Eastern Europe
  • Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Western Europe and other Groups

The 2019 UNPSA will be given to those public institutions that have distinguished themselves in one of the following categories:

  1. Delivering inclusive and equitable services to leave no one behind
  2. Ensuring integrated approaches in the public-sector institutions
  3. Developing effective and accountable public institutions
  4. Promoting digital transformation in public sector institutions
  5. Promoting gender responsive public services to achieve the SDGs

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

  • The Award is open to all public-sector institutions at the national, state and local levels from all UN member states. In the case of innovative partnerships (including civil society, private sector, academia etc.), the nominee must be a public-sector institution;
  • Both self-nominations and nominations by third parties are accepted. Nominations 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.

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SELECTION CRITERIA

Alignment with the 2030 Agenda. The initiative should aim to improve people’s lives and
respond to their needs and rights. It should enhance the contribution of public service to the realization of the SDGs.

  • Significance. The initiative must impact positively a group of the population and address a significant issue of public concern within the context of a given country or region.
  • Innovation. The initiative must present an innovative idea, a distinctively new approach, or a unique policy implemented in order to realize the SDGs or solve a problem of public concern, in the context of a given country or region.
  • Transferability. The initiative appears to be adaptable to other contexts (e.g. cities, countries or regions). There should ideally be evidence that it has inspired similar innovations in other public-sector institutions within a given country, region or at the global level.
  • Sustainability. The initiative should be able to be sustained and have a positive impact on the future generations.
  • Impact. The initiative has had a formal evaluation, showing some evidence of impact on improving people’s lives.
  • Stakeholders. The initiative must demonstrate that it has engaged stakeholders.

HOW TO APPLY

Click here to apply

The deadline for submitting nominations is 30 November 2018.

Who can nominate?

Public sector institutions (e.g., ministries, Government departments, authorities, and agencies; local governments, etc.), schools of public administration; UN agencies (only for initiatives which they have not supported); universities; non-governmental organizations and private sector.

Who can be nominated?

All public institutions at the national, regional/provincial/state, local/municipal/city level from all UN member states are eligible for nomination. In the case of public-private partnerships, the lead nominee must be a public-sector institution.

How can nominations be made?

A Nomination can only be submitted through the Online Nomination Form of the UNDESA/DPIDG website. Before accessing the online nomination form you are required to complete screening questions to ensure that eligibility criteria are met. In case you require technical assistance in the process of online submission, please contact the
United Nations by email at: UNPSA@un.org or phone +1 (917) 367 3004.

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