Indonesia is one of 18 countries to receive an award in the 2015 United Nations Public Service Forum, Day and Awards Ceremony. (Photo courtesy of the UN Public Administration Program)

UN Forum Recognizes Indonesia for Innovative Poverty Relief Project


JUNE 25, 2015

Jakarta. A poverty-alleviation project in Central Java will be among 22 programs from 18 countries recognized by the United Nations for providing innovative public service at a ceremony in Colombia this week.

The UN Public Service Awards, which commenced in Medellin on Tuesday, will acknowledge Indonesia for an initiative called the Integrated Service Unit on Poverty Relief, a program implemented to improve access to public services for poor communities in Sragen district.

The forum — using the theme "Innovating Service Delivery to Implement the Post-2015 Development Agenda" — commemorates UN Public Service Day and will culminate with an awards ceremony on Friday.

“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,  promoting gender equality in Spain and France, to providing education to youths with special needs in the Philippines.

Other examples of awardees include projects to improve access to sanitary toilets in India, providing solar energy to poor households in South 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.

It also helps to build the capacity of governments, particularly in developing and least developed countries, to anticipate and respond in innovative ways to the challenges posed by the new development agenda.

An estimated 800 participants from all over the world are expected to attend the forum this year, including ministers, senior government officials and representatives from civil society, academia and the private sector, as well as international and regional organizations. The forum will be conducted in plenary sessions and parallel capacity development workshops, and other events including an expert group meeting, exhibitions and study visits.

The event is hosted by the Colombian government and organized by the Undesa, in partnership with UN Women and the United Nations Development Program. (UNDP).