Ban marks UN Public Service Day with call for shared drive to achieve sustainability agenda

23 June 2016

The efforts of women and men engaged in public service are crucial to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, paying tribute to public servants on the day set aside by the General Assembly to spotlight their invaluable contributions.

“Each Sustainable Development Goal is linked to the delivery of public service: from health to education, from safety to the rule of law [and] from water and energy to economic policies and beyond,” the Secretary-General said in his message on United Nations Public Service Day.

Paying tribute to the women and men engaged in public service in all countries for their dedication to excellence, the UN chief also noted the need for a diverse, ethical competent, equipped and well-resourced public service in every country, and that it needs to be dedicated to effectively serving people and improving the lives of the poorest and most vulnerable.

Recognizing the staff of the United Nations, the Secretary-General said: “Across 10 years leading this noble organization, I marvel at their dedication and professionalism every single day.”

“Together, let us to create an environment where public service can flourish with creativity, innovation and a shared drive to realize the 2030 Agenda,” he concluded.

 

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