United Nations Public Service Day

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2024 DateJune 23, 2024
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United Nations Public Service Day History

United Nations Public Service Day is a global celebration that highlights the important role of public service in promoting sustainable development, social justice, and democracy. This day aims to recognize and appreciate the efforts of public servants and their commitment to promoting the greater good. In Canada, United Nations Public Service Day is an occasion to acknowledge the efforts of Canadians who work in public service at all levels, from local to federal. The day also encourages the public to engage with public service institutions, to appreciate the tireless work done by public servants and to learn how to become involved and support them.

The history of United Nations Public Service Day dates back to 2002 when the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution and established United Nations Public Service Day. The day was established as an opportunity for governments to raise awareness and inspire action on public service issues. It also serves to encourage innovation, exchange of ideas, and best practices in public service.

United Nations Public Service Day has become a significant benchmark in the recognition of the work done by public servants worldwide, including Canada. The day serves as a reminder of the importance of public service in improving the quality of life for all members of society, and it encourages people to explore ways to become involved in supporting public service initiatives. United Nations Public Service Day is observed annually on June 23rd.

Facts about United Nations Public Service Day

  • Every year the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) organizes a world forum with a host country. The forum operates as a space for world leaders, ministers, and other senior decision-makers to debate emerging issues and trends. It allows them to discuss good practices, strategies, actions, and innovative approaches that will improve and benefit the public sector.
  • Today, as we honor these essential workers and so many more, we must also reflect on how to better protect, recognize and invest in their well-being as we build back better, together. And I say directly to these inspiring public servants: We are all deeply indebted to you for your remarkable acts of service to humankind - UN Secretary-General António Guterres, UN Public Service Day, 2020
  • Since the 1950s, Canada has been a leader in UN peacekeeping efforts.
  • The United Nations Association in Canada (UNA-Canada), an independent national nonprofit organization, actively collaborates with Canada's public service to promote public awareness, policy, and educational initiatives related to the United Nations and its mission.

Top things to do in Canada for this observance

  • Learn more about the role of public service workers. The Covid-19 pandemic has put a lot more responsbility and burden on public workers. The UN highlights their efforts and continued contributions.
  • Listen to the UN Symphony Orchestra's tribute to public service.
  • Visit public service-related museums or institutions, such as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Heritage Centre in Regina or the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.
  • Connect with various public service organizations, such as the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives or Public Service Alliance of Canada, to learn about their work and initiatives.

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