26 June 2012
United Nations Public Service Day, celebrated on various dates this month in various places, was recognised at the UN Headquarters yesterday. At a ceremony to mark the occasion awards were presented in a range of service categories.
Awards were made for
- Preventing and Combating Corruption in the Public Service
( Mauritius, Korea, Mexico, Singapore, Turkey and Georgia were recognised in an unusual grouping of winners, reflected also in the other award categories. )
- Improving the Delivery of Public Services
- Fostering Participation in Policy-making Decisions through Innovative Mechanisms
- Advancing Knowledge Management in Government
- Promoting Gender-responsive Delivery of Public Services
Another series of awards was based on a recent UN e-government survey.
In the global e-government award, Korea, followed by the Netherlands and the United Kingdom were considered to have excelled in establishing a robust telecommunications infrastructure, invested in the development of human capital capacity and expanded usage of e-government facilities.
Awards for outstanding progress in implementing e-government were given to Finland, Israel and Liechtenstein, recognising advances in service delivery, and a commitment to re-think of e-government and e-governance.
The countries recognised for leading e-government in each region were the United States, United Kingdom, Seychelles, Australia and Korea.
Leaders in providing customer focused e-government services were
1st = Netherlands and Korea
2nd = Kazakstan and Singapore
3rd = United States and United Kingdom
New Zealand doesn’t seem to have featured – and probably was not even entered for consideration – in any of the awards.
The IPANZ – Gen-i Public Sector Excellence Awards, to be announced tomorrow night, will commemorate Public Service Day in New Zealand.