United Nations Calls for Nominations for the 2015 UN Public Service Awards

UN70 Anniversary Logo_English_RGBNew York, 11 August 2014— The United Nations is calling for nominations for the 2015 UN Public Service Awards (UNPSA), which is an international contest designed to promote and support innovations in public service delivery worldwide. The awards are open to all public organizations, including governments and public-private partnerships involved in delivering services to citizens.

Award winners will be honoured next year on 23 June, United Nations Public Service Day, which was established by the Economic and Social Council in 2003 to promote better delivery of services by governments and to encourage excellence in the public service.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said “at a time of complex and interdependent global challenges, effective governance and efficient public administration are central to meeting our development goals. They will also be vital for implementing the post-2015 development agenda.”

Mr. Ban said that previous “winners and finalists have overcome complex challenges through innovative public service. They have revitalized education for the marginalized, enhanced transparency and accountability, supported environmental protection and deployed technology to increase the efficiency of health and water services. These trail-blazing efforts have resulted in greater equity and inclusion in the delivery of public services in their communities.”

The 2015 UNPSA will be given to those public institutions that have distinguished themselves in one of the following categories: i) Improving the Delivery of Public Services; ii) Fostering Participation in Policy-making Decisions through Innovative Mechanisms; iii) Promoting Whole-of-Government Approaches in the Information Age, and iv) Promoting Gender-Responsive Delivery of Public Services. The award highlights cutting edge innovations and recognizes that democracy and effective governance are built on a competent civil service.

As Mr. Wu Hongbo, the Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, emphasized during the 2014 United Nations Public Service Awards ceremony held in Goyang, Republic of Korea, “The awards competition process helps us uncover and share many innovations that are going on all over the world in public sector institutions – innovations that make the lives of many people better.”

The UNPSA is organized by the Division of Public Administration and Development Management of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, in partnership with the UN Women.

Nominations must be submitted online at: http://www.unpan.org/applyunpsa2015 between August and 31 October 2014.

Nominations have to be made by another entity other than the institution being nominated. Self-nominations will not be accepted. Interested institutions deemed to have designed and implemented innovations in any one of the prize categories can have their names put forward by governments or civil society organizations.

To learn more about the UNPSA and past winners, please visit: http://www.unpan.org/unpsa. All winning cases from previous years are also available as iPad and iPhone applications through the Apple App Store, as well as in a PDF format which can be downloaded at:


For more information on the 2015 UNPSA, please contact Mr. John-Mary Kauzya, Chief, Public Administration Capacity Branch, DPADM, UNDESA, kauzya@un.org or Ms. Stefania Senese, Coordinator of the UNPSA Programme, DPADM, UNDESA at senese@un.org