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    20 June 2014

    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

    Message on United Nations Public Service Day

    23 June 2014

    VIENNA, 23 June (United Nations Information Service) - The annual observance of Public Service Day highlights the invaluable contributions of public servants and administrators in our efforts to build a better world for all.

    At a time of complex and interdependent global challenges, effective governance and efficient public administration are central to meeting our development goals. They will also be vital for implementing the post-2015 development agenda.

    At today's commemoration in Seoul, the United Nations will recognize 19 public institutions from 14 countries for their outstanding achievements. The winners and finalists come from different regions and different levels of development, but what they have in common is having overcome complex challenges through innovative public service. They have revitalized education for the marginalized, enhanced transparency and accountability, supported environmental protection and deployed technology to increase the efficiency of health and water services. These trail-blazing efforts have resulted in greater equity and inclusion in the delivery of public services in their communities.

    I congratulate these institutions for their dedication to excellence.  I encourage all who work in public service to learn from them and take inspiration from their successes.

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