The UN Public Service Day is celebrated every year, to recognise public service innovations and excellence that have led to more effective and inclusive public service delivery, contributing to the achievement of the SDGs in countries worldwide.
The UN received over 550 nominations, from 62 countries for the prestigious awards process. The United Kingdom (SCLT) is among the first-place winners of the public service awards, along with projects from Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Colombia, Ecuador, Mongolia and India. The second-place winners are projects from Botswana, Colombia, France, Thailand.
The winner from Argentina is an initiative that provided quality early childhood education to neighbourhoods in extreme needs.
An initiative in Australia was recognised that promotes transparency and inclusiveness in use of public funds and resources while in Thailand, a project was recognised for providing quality care to elders.
In Botswana, the effective waste management system has been implemented to improve communities.
Other award winners include projects to provide inclusive access to quality health care in Ecuador and productive water management system in France.
"We need to mobilise the best expertise of public servants to transform institutions and put people at the centre of public service. We need to mobilise their creativity and empower them to take risks and try new ways of doing things. In brief, we need innovation so that no one is left behind," said Thomas Gass, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs.
The United Nations Public Service Awards were created in 2003 and to date, some 200 public institutions from around the world have received recognition by the body. The Senior Citizen Liaison Team initiative is the first winner of the award from the United Kingdom.
Commenting on the award, Ashley Jones said, “It has been a huge honour to be able to accept this award on behalf of all the volunteers, past and present, who have contributed their time and considerable skills, to making this initiative a success. We are a 100% volunteer team and no one receives any form of remuneration for their activities with the charity. Which makes it more enjoyable to receive this globally recognised accolade, as we are all motivated by vocation rather than reward.
On a personal level, I believe it is my privilege to be able to help protect the vulnerable, elder members of the community, who are at risk from the heartless criminals, who seek to exploit the fragilities of later life for their own financial gain. After all, where would our society be today, without the remarkable sacrifices of those who have gone before us.
I am humbled to receive this trophy from the Assistant Secretary General and make the solemn commitment that we will continue to work tirelessly in our goal to keep our vulnerable elders safe in their twilight years”
To find out more about the Avon and Somerset Senior Citizen Liaison Team visit www.sclt.us
Posted on Friday 23rd June 2017