South Africa receives UN Public Service Award

25 June 2013 | Uncategorized

Pretoria The United Nations Public Service Forum, Public Service Day and Public Service Awards Ceremony will honor South Africa for its project promoting a better future for all. The global Forum and Awards Ceremony will take place from 24 to 27 June 2013 in Manama, the Kingdom of Bahrain– the first time these events will be held in the Arab region.

The UN Public Service Awards will honor projects that fight poverty and promote sustainable development.

Public Service Award winners

The Award winners will be presented to delegations from around the globe during the high-level Awards Ceremony on 27 June. The theme for this year’s global Forum is “Transformative e-Government and Innovation: Creating a Better Future for All”.

The winning project this year from South Africa involves the Communal Ablution Blocks for Informal Settlements project organized by E’ Thekwini Metropolitan Municipality Water and Sanitation Services. The project helped citizens of Durban in shack dwellings to improve their living conditions by implementing sanitation services and hygiene facilities.

The Municipality has designed an effective solution known as the Communal Ablution Blocks (CABs). These are modified shipping containers, with showers and flush toilets. Lighting is provided at night and improves the safety of users, particularly women and children. The CABs are connected to the municipal sewerage and water systems and are provided on 350 sites in informal settlements. 1000 households, and an estimated 200 000 residents of informal settlements in Durban now have access to sanitation services.

This initiative has significantly reduced costs of building and maintaining sanitation facilities in the informal settlements and reduced environmental pollution.

The 2013 winners are from the following countries:

1st place winners: Brazil, Ecuador, Egypt, Germany, India, Italy, Moldova, Morocco, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Republic of Korea, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates;

2nd place winners:  Bahrain, Botswana, Brazil, Ethiopia, Georgia, India, Jordan, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, United Arab Emirates, United States of America.

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

The Forum and Awards Ceremony are hosted by the Government of the Kingdom of Bahrain and organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs Division for Public Administration and Development Management in partnership with UN-WOMEN, UNESCWA and UNIDO, among others.

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

Nathan Henninger


UNIC Manama

Nejib Friji          


DPI New York

Mohsin Mohi-Ud-Din

UNIC Pretoria

Helene Hoedl