Funding brief: The United Nations Public Service Awards is the most prestigious international recognition of excellence in public service. It rewards the creative achievements and contributions of public service institutions that lead to a more effective and responsive public administration in countries worldwide. Through an annual competition, the UN Public Service Awards promotes the role, professionalism and visibility of public service.
The United Nations Public Service Awards (UNPSA) recognizes excellence in public service at the global level. It was launched in 2003 in order to promote and support innovations in public service delivery worldwide. With the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)1 , the UNPSA continues to promote creativity and innovations in public services in support of the 2030 Agenda.
The UNPSA process is managed by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), through its Division for Public Institutions and Digital Government (DPIDG), in collaboration with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women).
The purpose of the UNPSA is to promote and reward innovation and excellence in public services in support of the realization of the SDGs and the principle to leave no one behind, which is at the core of the 2030 Agenda. It takes into account the various levels of development of countries while reflecting the universal nature of the SDGs.
Through a global competition that promotes the role, professionalism and visibility of public service, the UNPSA aims to:
● Highlight innovations in governance;
● Reward excellence in the public sector;
● Motivate public servants to further promote innovation;
● Enhance professionalism in the public service;
● Raise the image of public service; and
● Collect and disseminate successful practices for possible replication.
Categories: The 2019 UNPSA will be given to those public institutions that have distinguished themselves in one of the following categories:
● Delivering inclusive and equitable services to leave no one behind
● Ensuring integrated approaches in the public-sector institutions
● Developing effective and accountable public institutions
● Promoting digital transformation in public sector institutions
● Promoting gender responsive public services to achieve the SDGs
Donor Name: United Nations (UN)
Funding name: The United Nations Public Service Awards
Deadline: The deadline for nomination is 30th, November, 2018 at 11:59PM, Eastern Standard Time (EST).
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Eligible organization: As below
● The Award is open to all public-sector institutions at the national, state and local levels from all UN member states. In the case of innovative partnerships (including civil society, private sector, academia etc.), the nominee must be a public-sector institution;
● Both self-nominations and nominations by third parties are accepted. Nominations should be made by an organization;
● The initiative must be innovative and relevant to one of the UN Public Service Awards categories;
● The initiative must have been implemented for a minimum of two years, with demonstrated and documented impact;
● The application must be duly filled out;
● The submission must include all the required supporting documents;
● The initiative must not have already received a UNPS Award;
● To avoid conflict of interest, the initiative must not be implemented by the United Nations System.
● Who can nominate? Public sector institutions (e.g., ministries, Government departments, authorities and agencies; local governments, etc.), schools of public administration; UN agencies (only for initiatives which they have not supported); universities; non-governmental organizations and private sector.
● Who can be nominated? All public institutions at the national, regional/provincial/state, local/municipal/city level from all UN member states are eligible for nomination. In the case of public-private partnerships, the lead nominee must be a public-sector institution.
● Awards can only be conferred to public sector institutions that have ownership of the nominated initiatives. Implementing agencies working on a consultancy basis are not eligible for UNPSA.
● The award goes to the initiative and the institution that is responsible for implementing it, not to the individual that initiated or implemented it, nor to the country as such. An individual cannot be awarded.
● In the case of public-private partnerships, the recognition goes to the public-sector institution.
● Multiple initiatives can be submitted from each country.
Eligible Country: The winners are decided according to the UN regional groups as follows:
● Africa: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia Zimbabwe
● Asia and the Pacific: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Cyprus, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kiribati Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Republic, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines. Qatar Republic of Korea, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Turkey*, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates , Uzbekistan , Vanuatu , Vietnam Yemen
● Eastern Europe: Albania , Armenia , Azerbaijan , Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, Poland Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Ukraine
● Latin America and the Caribbean: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
● Western Europe and other Groups: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway Portugal San Marino, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey*, United Kingdom United States of America
*Turkey, participates fully in both WEOG and Asian Group, but for electoral purposes is considered a member of WEOG only.
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How to apply: Interested applicant may apply through the website (Click to view).
● The nominations can be made only in one of the six UN official languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish). However, it would be preferable, if possible, that nominations be submitted in one of the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat, which are English and French. Nominations in a language other than one of the six UN official languages will not be accepted.
● What supporting documents are needed?
(1) A maximum of three supporting documents which include one evaluation report related to the initiative must be submitted. An internal or external evaluation/audit report of the initiative is required. The institution may submit other supporting documents of any kind (implementation plans, results of client/citizen surveys, books, links to videos, newspaper articles, etc.) to demonstrate and highlight the initiative’s impact and outcome. Initiatives with no supporting documentation will not be reviewed.(2) Two letters of reference: In addition to the above, two letters of reference, written by a third party (i.e., not by the institution being nominated nor by the nominator) are required. It should highlight the achievements resulting from the implementation of the initiative submitted, and underlines the reason why this initiative and/or institution is worthy of being awarded.
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