The 2021 United Nations Public Service Forum (UNPSF) will take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates from 13 to 15 December 2021, under the theme “Innovating the Future Public Service: New Government Models for a New Era to Reach the Sustainable Development Goals”.


The Forum is co-organized by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) through its Division for Public Institutions and Digital Government (DPIDG) and the Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA) of the Government of the United Arab Emirates.


A dedicated website has been developed for the Forum hosting detailed information on theme, programme, workshops, speakers and logistical information:


Objective of the UN Public Service Forum

The primary objective of the United Nations Public Service Forum (UNPSF) is to contribute to the development of institutional, human and technological capacities of public sector Institutions and public servants to deliver on the 2030 Agenda its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Its ultimate goal is to contribute to developing the capacity of governments to accelerate action towards the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and to tap into the opportunities and synergies arising from the momentum for the Decade of Action to realise the SDGs.


In this context, the Forum will provide a platform for Ministers and other senior decision-makers to reflect upon and develop the skills needed to devise tangible actions to advance progress in realizing the SDGs over the coming decade. Participants will also have the opportunity to debate emerging issues and trends, discuss good practices, strategies, accelerated actions, and innovative approaches for effective service delivery and transforming institutions.


The Forum also plays host to the United Nations Public Service Awards Ceremony, which recognizes innovation in the field of public service.


You can learn more about the UN Public Service Awards programme here

and take a look at winning initiatives throughout the years, including the 2020 winners, on the UNPSA Innovation Hub, here:


Capacity Development Workshops

Each year the Forum hosts a set of capacity development workshops, bringing together stakeholders to discuss and examine themes relevant to inclusive and innovative government. Five workshops will be held during the 2021 Forum:



General Information


Draft Programme

Participant Information

UN Public Service Forum Website