United Nations Public Service Day

Virtual Event

23 June 2020


In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, celebrations for United Nations Public Service Day are going virtual for 2020



The 2020 United Nations Public Service Day celebrations are going virtual and will recognize the essential work of all public servants, but particularly those on the frontline of delivery in the fight against the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic.


United Nations Public Service Day, celebrated on 23 June each year, recognizes the value and virtue of public service to the community; highlights the contribution of public service in the development process; recognizes the work of public servants, and encourages young people to pursue careers in the public sector. In 2020, as the world works to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the critical role public servants play has been highlighted globally.


The virtual event, jointly organized by UN DESA and the Ministry of Interior and Safety of the Republic of Korea* will shine a spotlight on the role of public service delivery and public services in times of pandemic. The event will pay homage to these public servants and the life saving work they have undertaken during the crisis and will examine the various approaches and challenges countries have taken during the crisis while looking at what measures they are undertaking to better mitigate such challenges going forward.


Please check back here for more details, including an agenda, time and login details in the coming weeks.



Call for video submissions of Public Servants in Action during the COVID-19 pandemic for UN Public Service Day


To recognize the courageous work of public servants, UN DESA together with the Ministry of Interior and Safety of the Republic of Korea, is producing a video to show some of the innovative ways around the world in which crucial public services continue to be delivered during the pandemic. We will focus especially on the work of frontline workers, such as health care workers, but also on other types of public service provision delivered by public servants (e.g. innovative programmes to deliver vital social services during the pandemic including in education, social welfare, transit, research etc ).


We count on your help to provide video footage of public servants delivering public services during the pandemic. Naturally, we will credit the author and the project/agency appropriately in the video. The video will be shown during a high-level online event on 23 June to celebrate UN Public Service Day and will be disseminated through the UN social media networks.


Please find below the specifications for your video contributions:


1. Short clips (0:30 – 5:00 minutes long)


2. If you are filming your video on a phone, please hold your phone in landscape (sideways) position


3. The video should show innovative public services and public servants in action (e.g. health care workers fighting COVID-19, teachers providing virtual classes, social workers helping vulnerable populations despite the pandemic, public health professionals, transit workers, sanitation workers or postal workers etc)


4. The video should be accompanied by a text description containing:
a. Country and City or Town where the footage was shot
b. Name of the project/agency/institution and, if desired, the name of the public servant
c. Short description of what the video shows


5. Submissions should be emailed to UNPSA@un.org with the title ‘UNPSD Video Submission’ and the name of the country it is being sent from. If the file size is too large please email us a file sharing link.


Deadline for submissions is 31 May 2020.