United Nations Rewards Best Public Service Initiative Worldwide

Australia recognised for its innovative public service project to advance the Sustainable Development Goals

The Hague, 23 June – 12 Institutions from 11 countries were recognised by the United Nations on UN Public Service Day for their innovation and excellence in providing public services. The Day highlights the pivotal role of public services in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The UN Public Service Day is celebrated every year to recognise public service innovations and excellence that have led to more effective and inclusive public service delivery contributing to the achievement of the SDGs in countries worldwide.

The 2017 Public Service Awards winners were announced during the UN Public Service Forum “The Future is Now – Accelerating Public Service Innovation for Agenda 2030” held from 22 to23 June in The Hague, Netherland.

Rewarding a wide range of projects worldwide
The Awards ceremony featured various initiatives that are helping to improve people’s lives. In Argentina, an initiative has provided quality early childhood education to neighbourhoods in extreme needs. An initiative in Australia was recognised that promotes transparency and inclusiveness in use of public fund and resources. In Thailand, a project has provided quality care to elders. In Botswana, the effective waste management system has been implemented to improve communities.

One of the winners this year is from Australia. It is the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, for its initiative on Fund My Community. This initiative invites South Australian citizens to take part in a “community assessment,” review the applications and allocate funding to projects or services that they believe will have the biggest impact on areas related to the SDGs.