Here’s good news for all those in Seoul. On May 14, we received word from the UN Division for Public Administration and Development Management of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) that four policies of Seoul Metropolitan Government were selected as winners of the UN Public Service Awards (UNPSA). The Welfare Criteria for Seoul Citizens (in the people’s participation promotion sector) won the Grand Award. The Eco-Mileage System (in the people’s participation promotion sector), the One-Woman Household Support Policy (in the gender-aware policy sector), and the Anti-Corruption Administrative System (in the sector of anti-corruption) won the Excellence Award.
First adopted in 2003, the annual award has emerged as the most authoritative award in the public administration sector. The UN designated June 23 as UN’s Public Service Day in 2003. Since then, the UN has presented awards to exemplary public policies among those submitted by public institutions all over the world every year.
We at Seoul Metropolitan Government have made efforts to encourage people to take part in our policymaking process under the motto “We Make Seoul Together. We Share Everything in Seoul.” It is good to see our experiment recognized by the UN and awarded prizes.
The Seoul Welfare Standard (in the people’s participation promotion sector), which won the Grand Award, were set up along with the participation of people and experts through meetings on a total of 162 occasions through the private-public collaborative governance system. We operated diverse channels of collecting opinions, such as online bulletin boards, 1,000-person roundtable, policy workshop, and citizen panelist group called Seoul Welfare Meari Corps.
We at Seoul Metropolitan Government will contribute to the development of cities worldwide by disseminating Seoul-initiated policy models, using manuals introducing policies selected by the UN, at the forum to be held at the prize awarding ceremony. Wouldn’t it be a nice idea to hold a party for Seoul Metropolitan Government officials to celebrate such international recognition?