Public Service Day is a professional holiday for all those who work in the public service. They are engaged in a noble cause – improving the conditions of our daily lives. Thanks to civil servants, we live in warm and comfortable homes, we are not afraid to walk the streets, we can educate our children, we feel protected from military threats, and we use many services. Let’s remember this together with people from all over the world on Public Service Day.
The initiative to create this holiday came from the UN. The UN General Assembly in 2003 selected June 23 for this day, adopting resolution 57/277. Public Service Day was created to celebrate the value and importance of public service to the development of society, to motivate young people to pursue a career in the public sector, to encourage the activities of civil servants.
The resolution called on the UN member states to organize various thematic events on this day. Every year, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs holds a forum in the host country. Part of the forum’s activities is the presentation of UN awards for innovation and creative achievements in the field of public service. The UNPSA award is given to government institutions that promote good governance and support sustainable development.
The most complex system of civil service appeared in 206 in China. Its foundations were laid by Gaozu, the first emperor of the Han Dynasty. He divided the empire into 10 kingdoms and 1587 prefectures. Those consisted of administrative districts. 9 ministries ruled the state, and all civil servants were divided into 9 ranks.
How to take part
Celebrate Public Service Day depending on whether you work in the public sector.
- If you do, celebrate this holiday with a party with colleagues.
- If you do not, congratulate the civil servants you know, current and former, and thank them for their work.
When is Public Service Day celebrated in 2024?
Public Service Day is observed on June 23 each year.