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UNs Public Service Day to be celebrated today.

ISLAMABAD, June 22, 2009 (Balochistan Times) -- The United Nations Public Service Day is being celebrated every year on June 23. The theme for this year is Developing an Excellent Public Service Your Responsibility, My Responsibility. On December 20, 2002, the United Nations General Assembly designated June 23 of each year as United Nations Public Service Day. It encouraged member states to organize special events on that day to highlight the contribution of public service in the evelopment process. This day was created to celebrate the value and virtue of public service to the community highlight the contribution of public service in the development process recognize the work of public servants and encourage young people to pursue careers in the public sector. The Day recognizes that democracy and successful governance are built on the foundation of a competent civil service, said Guido Bertucci, Director of the United Nations Division for Public Administration and Development Management of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs. The ability of a society to maintain safety and essential public services, protect human rights, maintain an efficient framework for market activities and to hold free and fair elections draws on the skills and sense of purpose of public servants working as a team. Without an effective civil administration, democracy and prosperity are virtually unattainable. It recognizes that democracy and successful governance are built on the foundation of a competent civil service. The day aims to celebrate the value and virtue of service to the community. The United Nations Public Administration Network (UNPAN) uses a special logo for Public Service Day. It features two columns, one on the left side and other on the right side, and in between are a pair of hands outlined in orange in a flame-like manner. These hands surround three blue human figures. The figure in the middle depicts a woman and the two other figures, one on each side of the woman, are male. The word Public, which joins the two columns, is written above the heads of the figures, which are standing on or supported by the word Service in capital letters, which joins the two columns. A smaller version of UNPANs main logo is located above the word Public. UNPANs main logo, in blue and white, is similar to the logo on the UN flag. It features a projection of a world map (less Antarctica) centered on the North Pole, enclosed by olive branches. The olive branches are a symbol for peace, and the world map represents all the people of the world.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Jun 22, 2009
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