The United Nations has started organizing 'United Nations Public Service Day' on June 23 every year as a mark of respect and gratitude to public services around the world. The day recognizes the work of public servants and emphasizes their contribution to the development of the society and motivates the youth to pursue a career in the public sphere.
On December 20, 2002, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 23 as the United Nations Public Service Day. In order to increase the awareness and importance of public service regarding this day, the United Nations had also launched the 'United Nations Public Service Award' (UNPSA) programme in 2003, which was updated in 2016 according to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Not only this, the 'United Nations Public Service Awards' programme is also rapidly promoting and rewarding innovation and quality in public services by recognising the innovative achievements and services of public institutions, which are working to contribute to more efficient and conducive public administration in countries around the world in favour of sustainable development.