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UNIS/INF/479
21 June 2013

Slovenia wins UN Public Service Award

VIENNA, 21 June (UN Information Service) -  The Commission for the Prevention of Corruption (CPC) in Slovenia is the winner of the UN Public Service Award in the category "Preventing and Combating Corruption in the Public Service" in the regional group Europe and North America. Their initiative "Supervizor", an online application that provides information to users on business transactions of the public sector bodies, convinced the jury.

The Commission for the Prevention of Corruption (CPC) had gathered and analyzed data about all payments of the public sector bodies during the period 1 January 2003 till 31 December 2010. The analysis showed controversial practices in budget expenditure indicative of corruption. The data also revealed that the Slovenian business environment lacked transparency. People at local levels of government now use "Supervizor" to actively participate in the creation of policies and in the allocation of public financial resources.

The United Nations Public Service Awards (UNPSA) is the most prestigious international recognition of excellence in public service. It rewards the creative achievements and contributions of public service institutions to a more effective and responsive public administration in countries worldwide in five categories.

The UNPSA programme has grown tremendously since its inception, from an initial eighty one nominations in 2003 to a six hundred and one nominations submitted for the 2013 cycle marking a 28% increase from the 2012 Public Service Awards nominations at four hundred and seventy nominations for 2012. The growth also represents an increase in the number of participating Member States, at 82 participating Member States, an increase from 73 participating Member States for the 2012 cycle and 57 Member States in 2011.

This year, 47 public organizations from 28 countries will be awarded with the most prestigious recognition of excellence in public service on 27 June, in commemoration of the United Nations Public Service Day, celebrated every year on 23 June. 

UN Public Service Day promotes the exchange of innovative ideas and best practices in local government and public service. The UN Public Service Forum and Awards Ceremony will take place in Manama, Bahrain, 24-27 June 2013. The theme is "Transformative e-Government and Innovation: Creating a Better Future for All." More information can be found at: http://www.unpan.org/unpsa

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