United Nations Rewards Best Public Service Initiative Worldwide

This initiative contributes to the SDGs by building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. “We want programs like Fund My Community to help set a new standard, to lead to new and innovative ways in which we can engage the community to be involved in the decisions that affect their lives,” said Premier Jay Weatherill of South Australia.

Other award winners include projects to provide inclusive access to quality health care in Ecuador, a scholarship for adolescent girls to combat child marriage in India, and productive water management system in France. The winners were awarded on 23 June, which is UN Public Service Day.

Sharing innovative initiatives by public institutions:
Also on the occasion of UN Public Service day, a two-day Forum was held in the Hague in the Netherlands to allow ministers, senior public servants, civil society representatives, young people and experts to share innovations and lessons learned on mobilising public servants and public services to realise the SDGs.

“We need to mobilise the best expertise of public servants to transform institutions and put people at the centre of public service. We need to mobilise their creativity and empower them to take risks and try new ways of doing things. In brief, we need innovation so that no one is left behind”, said Thomas Gas, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs.

The Forum bolstered the capacities of governments to respond in innovative ways to the challenges posed by implementation of the SDGs, in a range of areas, from energy and employment to children’s well being and improving the lives of the poorest and most vulnerable people.

The Forum was organised by the Ministry of Interior and Kingdom Relations of the Netherlands and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), Division for Public Administration and Development Management.

List of countries awarded
The 2017 Public Service Awards winners are from the following countries:

1st place winners: Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Colombia, Ecuador, India, Mongolia, United Kingdom

2nd place winners: Botswana, Colombia, France, Thailand

More information on the winners is available at:

Additional information on the Public Service Forum is available at:

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