Public Service Day is celebrated each year on June 23 to appreciate the value and virtue of public service to the community.

The United Nations General Assembly designated June 23 as Public Service Day on Dec. 20, 2002. Public Service Day is an occasion to recognize the work done by public servants and to encourage young people to pursue careers in the public sector.

The United Nations has announced the theme for this year's celebrations as "innovation for a new era." The UN has requested all the countries in the world to focus on rethinking the structure and operation model of its civil service.

"The next era will see fundamental changes in how public servants, are hired, trained, and retained. We will see more technology being leveraged to make better decisions, monitor performance and deliver service," according to a news release from U.N.

This year's Public Service Day celebration is planned as a virtual event due to the ongoing pandemic. Today, The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) in collaboration with the government of the United Arab Emirates will be hosting a 1.5-hour event online.

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On this day, to honor the virtue of public service, here are few quotes to remember: 

1."There's no greater challenge and there is no greater honor than to be in public service."- Condoleezza Rice

2. "My creed is that public service must be more than doing a job efficiently and honestly. It must be a complete dedication to the people and the nation with full recognition that every human being is entitled to courtesy and consideration, that constructive criticism is not only to be expected but sought, that smears are not only to be expected but fought, that honor is to be earned, not bought."-Margaret Chase Smith

3. "I think there's no higher calling in terms of a career than public service, which is a chance to make a difference in people's lives and improve the world."-Jacob Lew

4. "If you make the choice to serve the public, public service, then serve the public, not yourself."-Jack Abramoff

5. "Enjoy your time in public service. It may well be one of the most interesting and challenging times of your life."-Donald Rumsfeld

6. "I believe we need to attract a new generation of the best and brightest to public service and I believe that government can be a source of inspiration, not degradation."-Andrew Cuomo

7. "Whether you change the linen or stitch up wounds, cook the food or dispense the medicines, it is in your hands to help build a public service worthy of all those who gave their lives for the dream of democracy."-Nelson Mandela

Courtesy:  AZ Quotes