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The 2014 United Nations Public Service Forum, Day and Awards Ceremony will take place in Seoul, Republic of Korea at the Korea International Exhibition Centre (KINTEX) from 23 to 26 June 2014. Focusing on the theme “Innovating Governance for Sustainable Development and Well-being of the People”, the Forum will be organized by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM), in partnership with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) in collaboration with the hosting Government of the Republic of Korea.  

In line with the search for Sustainable Development, the United Nations is dedicated to promoting exchange of experiences, ideas and best practices concerning innovations in governance and public administration in order to contribute to social, economic, and environmental development. The General Assembly itself has reiterated, in resolution 57/277, that particular emphasis should be given to the exchange of experience related to the role of public administration in the implementation of internationally agreed goals, including those contained in the Millennium Declaration. In resolution 50/225, it also underlined the importance of enhancing international cooperation in the field of public administration, including South-South and inter-regional cooperation.  



The United Nations Public Service Forum is a unique global event on public governance that provides a platform to explore, discuss and learn about: Emerging challenges, issues and trends - what are the major challenges and issues governments are facing at present and what is their vision for the future?; Innovative practices to address these challenges - what are the governance solutions that are being spearheaded in different parts of the world?; Capacity development strategies, approaches and tools - how can we learn from these practices and what tools are available or can be developed to move forward?  

The parallel Ad-Hoc Expert Group Meeting, the Capacity Development Workshops and the Ministerial Round Table will be on the following themes: 

  • Ad-Hoc Expert Group Meeting on Innovating Governance for Sustainable Development
  • Workshop 1: "Innovation and e-Governance for Sustainable Development"
  • Workshop 2: "Innovation in Public Accountability: The Role of Supreme Audit Institutions and Citizens"
  • Workshop 3: "What Women Get:  Transforming Public Service Delivery to Respond to Women and Girls"
  • Workshop 4: "Transformative Initiative towards Open Competent and Service Oriented Government"
  • Workshop 5: "E-Government in the Smart Society; the Way Forward: One Day Workshop (24th of June Only)
  • Special Session: Effective Governance System for Sustainable Development in the Post-2015 Era
  • Ministerial Roundtable


2014 United Nations Public Service Forum, Day and Awards Ceremony
In its Resolution 57/277 the United Nations General Assembly designated 23 June as the United Nations Public Service Day.

The United Nations Public Service Awards Programme (UNPSA), which is the most prestigious international recognition of excellence in public service, rewards the creative achievements and contributions of public service institutions to a more effective and responsive public administration in countries worldwide. Through an annual competition, the UNPSA promotes the role, professionalism and visibility of public service. It encourages exemplary public service and recognizes that democracy and successful governance are built on a competent civil service. Since 2003, UNDESA has collected, shared, and disseminated innovative practices in public governance through the UNPSA and other knowledge bases. The UNPSA aims at discovering 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; enhance trust in government; and collect and disseminate successful practices for possible replication. 

2014 United Nations Public Service Day Observance Message of the Secretary-General

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Addresses by Mr. Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Secretary-General for the International Conference on Small Island Developing States:


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Welcoming Dinner with Cultural Performance
2014 UN Public Service Awards Ceremony
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