2012 United Nations Public Service Forum, Day and Awards Ceremony
Capacity Building Workshops
The United Nations Public Service Forum is a unique capacity-building global event on public governance that provides a platform to explore, discuss and learn about: (i) Emerging challenges, issues and trends in public governance; (ii) Innovative practices to address these challenges; and (iii) Capacity development strategies, approaches and tools - how can we learn from these practices and what tools are available or can we develop to move forward?

Every year the Forum focuses on a specific critical area of public governance, and explores its different dimensions and components in an organic way. The Forum brings together world leaders, policy-makers, practitioners, innovators in governance, representatives of international and regional organizations, the academia, non-profit organizations and the private sector. The Forum is uniquely positioned to benefit from the first-class innovative practices of the winners of the prestigious United Nations Public Service Awards who are recognized for their achievements on the last day of this high-level event, which also coincides with United Nations Public Service Day. The General Assembly, by its resolution A/RES/57/277, designated 23 June as the United Nations Public Service Day to "celebrate the value and virtue of service to the community". This year the Awards Ceremony will take place in the United Nations General Assembly Hall on Monday, 25 June 2012.

This year, the Forum, which will focus on the theme of "Innovation and Citizens Engagement for Effective Governance" will take place in New York from 25 to 27 June 2012. It is organized by the Division for Public Administration and Development Management of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs in partnership with UN-Women, and other relevant agencies of the United Nations.
Expected Results

The event is expected to achieve the following goals:

    • Increased knowledge of public administration strategies and trends, as well as tools in the four inter-related areas
    • Enhanced sharing of knowledge and practices, which will be included in the United Nations Public Administration Country Studies (PACS) and a relevant publication.
    • Greater understanding of the key success factors in promoting an effective, transparent, accountable, participatory and citizen-centric public administration through the discussion of key recommendations and policy options.
    • Enhanced cooperation among Member States to innovate, through adaption of good practices, their public administration institutions, structures, mechanisms and processes by establishing on UNPAN a virtual network of government officials and experts working in this area.
    • Recommendations and ideas to develop manuals, tools and guidelines on how to strengthen the capacity of public administration in the four areas of focus.