The United Nations Public Service Day, celebrated on 23 June each year, highlights the work of public servants and recognizes the value and virtue of public service to the community and development processes.
The Division for Public Institutions and Digital Government of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, in collaboration with the government of the United Arab Emirates will host a virtual celebration on 23 June under the theme of Innovating the Future Public Service: New Government Models for a New Era to Reach the SDGs.
This year’s event will highlight the centric role that innovation and technology play in the delivery of public services and examines how to better prepare the future public service for a new era, so as to reach the SDGs. It will examine the approaches countries are taking to equip public servants with the skills necessary to be effective, responsive and relevant in the digital age. It will also highlight lessons learned from the past year, as many countries and public servants have been thrust into the digital era, quickly adopting, innovating and using online mechanisms to continue their work during the pandemic. The event will bring together key stakeholders, public servants and UN officials to honor the work of public servants.