PH bags UN award on innovative public service

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Twenty-two institutions from 18 countries will be awarded by the United Nations for providing innovative public services at the UN Public Service Forum, Day and Award Ceremony.

The Philippines, one of the award recipients, will be rewarded for its initiative on “Therapy, Education, Assimilation of Children with Handicap” implemented by the City of Mandaluyong in order to provide education to youth with special needs.

Held in Medellin, Republic of Colombia under the theme “Innovating service delivery to implement the post-2015 development agenda”, the Forum opened on June 23 to mark UN Public Service Day. It will end on June 26.

“The awards highlight many innovations that help to provide better services to citizens everywhere in the world and improve people’s lives,” said Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) ahead of the event. “It provides an international platform to showcase some of the best examples of effective public governance.”


Various initiatives worldwide will be honored, ranging from projects providing easier access to health services for high-risk pregnancies in Thailand to poor marginalized populations in Indonesia, or promoting gender equality in Spain or France. Other examples of awardees include projects to improve access to sanitary toilets in India, providing solar energy to poor households in the Republic of Korea, monitoring and governing temporary settlements for displaced people in Turkey, and creating housing units in Ethiopia.

The three-day Forum aims to promote international and regional cooperation by providing government officials and other stakeholders an opportunity to exchange good practices, experiences and lessons learned through networking.

List of countries awarded
The first place winners are Republic of Azerbaijan, Ecuador, Republic of Estonia, India, Republic of Kenya, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Republic of Singapore, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates while the second place winners are Brazil, Republic of Ethiopia, France, Republic of Indonesia, Republic of Latvia, the Philippines, and Thailand.

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