UN Public Service Day - June 23


Every year on June 23rd, the United Nations Public Service Day celebrates the value and virtue of public service to the community. Also, on this day, the prestigious UN Public Service Awards are given.
Public service is defined as a service intended for all members of the community. There are many areas of public service.

  • The public sector
  • Public safety
  • Education
  • Government and diplomacy
  • Nonprofit administration

People choose to work or engage in public service for a variety of reasons. Some do it because they want to further the good of the public. For example, a lawyer might provide low-cost or free services for the public good. Other people work in public service to gain valuable work experience or for mentoring and networking opportunities.

The United Nations has long recognized the roles public service workers perform in their communities. For this reason, they established the UN Public Service Awards. The awards promote and reward innovation and excellence in public services.

The winners of these awards are divided into five regional groups. These groups include Africa, Asia-Pacific, Eastern Europe, Latin American and the Caribbean, and Western Asia. More than 250 initiatives have received the prestigious award. These projects have ranged from promoting gender equality to improving health services.

HOW TO OBSERVE #UnitedNationsPublicServiceDay

On this day, the UN recognizes the work of public servants. The UN also encourages young people to pursue a career in the public sector. The highlight of the day is the annual UN Public Service Awards ceremony. Cities around the world have hosted the ceremony including, New York City, Vienna, Barcelona, Seoul, The Hague, and Marrakesh in the Kingdom of Morocco.

On this day, think about how different life would without public service workers in your community. You can also give a shout out to your favorite public servant. Be sure to use #UnitedNationsPublicServiceDay when sharing on social media.


In 2003, the UN General Assembly designated June 23rd as United Nations Public Service Day. Also in 2003, the UN launched the UN Public Service Awards. The UN chose the date of June 23rd to mark the anniversary of the Convention on Labor Relations. The International Labor Organization had adopted this Convention in 1978.