Dhaka,22 june,(Daily times24): the United Nations will virtually celebrate United Nations Public Service Day. This year’s theme is ‘ON THE FRONTLINES: Honouring public servants in the COVID-19 pandemic response’. The United Nations presents the United Nations Public Service Award in seven categories each year.
This E-Mutation program has attracted the attention of the international community and received global appreciation. As recognition of the deed, Bangladesh has, for the first time, received the prestigious United Nations Public Service Award 2020 (UNPSA 2020) in the category of ‘Developing Transparent and Accountable Public’. It is a matter of great pride for our country. So there will be an enlivened feeling in everyone of the country on that day this year.
It is to be noted that the Ministry of Land has undertaken the task of transforming all land services into digital services to execute the vision 2021 and 2041 of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. This complex task has been possible at the far-flung corners of the country due to the expansion of optical fiber up to the Upazila / Union level and the availability of high-speed internet under the leadership of the ICT Adviser to the Prime Minister Sajeeb Ahmed Wazed. E-Mutation has been implemented all over the country except three hill districts under the leadership of Land Minister Saifuzzaman Chowdhury, MP, and the supervision of Land Secretary Md. Muksodur Rahman Patwary from July 2019. The a2i project of the ICT Division is providing technical assistance in this work. And, e-Mutation is being implemented through the Assistant Commissioner (Land) under the management of the Land Reform Board.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs officially informed the Ministry of Land about the UN award-winning, on June 5, 2020, citing a letter from UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Liu Zhenmin to Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations Ambassador Rabab Fatima. Then, on June 16, 2020, the United Nations officially announced the names of seven institutions or initiatives from the seven winning countries.
Hailing from Botswana, Brazil, Mexico, Portugal, Republic of Korea, and Spain, the winning initiatives cover a variety of key public services, from e-platforms for education, education for vulnerable youth, Planning Council, benefit entitlements, and health care for older persons, to judicial proceedings; apart from the e-mutation initiative of Bangladesh land ministry.
Every year since 2003, on June 23, the United Nations celebrates ‘United Nations Public Service Day’ with due formality, and hosts the ‘United Nations Public Service Forum’ for several contiguous days in a designated city. Along with various activities, the best innovative initiatives taken in the public sector around the world are recognized by awards at the forum.
As the world continues to be impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, plans to host a 2020 United Nations Public Service Awards Ceremony have been postponed until further notice. So, a virtual program is going to take place this time instead. The United Nations is doing numerous outreach activities to showcase the innovative works online, including over United Nations social media channels, which the UN is following up about in due course.
The United Nations Public Service Award is the highest global accolade for excellence in public service to institutions that contribute to a more effective and responsive public administration and that advance progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Dhaka,15 june,(Daily times24)/RAK