Republic of South Africa receives UN Public Service Award

By | 24 June 2014

19 Award winners from 14 countries will be honoured for their innovative projects in fighting poverty and promoting sustainable development

Johannesburg, 23June 2014 – The United Nations Public Service Forum, Public Service Dayand the Public Service Awards Ceremony will honour the Gauteng Department of Education for its project for implementing innovative solutions to improve public service delivery for the promotion of sustainable development.

The Forum and Awards Ceremony will take place from 23 to 26 June 2014inSeoul, Republic of Korea.

Public Service Award winners

The Award winners will be presented to delegations from around the globe during the high- level Awards Ceremony on 26June.The theme for this year’s global Forum is “Innovating “Governance for Sustainable Development and Well-being of the People”.

The winning project this year from the Republic of South Africa involves the Secondary School Improvement Programme (SSIP).

The winners are from the following countries:

1st place winners: Austria, Bahrain, Brazil, Morocco, Oman, Republic of Korea, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey, Uruguay

2nd place winners: Bahrain, Brazil, Cameroon, India, Republic of Korea, Spain

For more information on the winning countries, please refer to the attached UNPSA factsheet.

The Forum and Awards are hosted by the Government of the Republic of Korea and organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) in partnership with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women).

In 2003, the UN General Assembly designated 23 June as UN Public Service Day to celebrate the value and virtue of service to the community.




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Media Contacts:


John-Mary Kauzya, +1 212-963-1973

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Department of Public Information:

Sudeshan Reddy            +27 82 563 5286

Wynne Boelt, +1 212-963-8264

Re-issued by the United Nations Department of Public Information