UN to recognize exemplary public service

The world body will mark its first-ever “UN Public Service Day” on Monday at its Headquarters in New York, in an effort to recognize that democracy and good governance are based on a competent civil service. The Day will be inaugurated when public service awards will be announced for 14 government agencies or departments from around the world. “The Day recognizes that democracy and successful governance are built on the foundation of a competent civil service,” said Guido Bertucci, Director of the UN Division for Public Administration and Development Management of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).”The ability of a society to maintain safety and essential public services, protect human rights, maintain an efficient framework for market activities and to hold free and fair elections draws on the skills and sense of purpose of public servants working as a team,” he said, adding that without an effective civil administration, democracy and prosperity are virtually unattainable. read more