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Friday, June 23, 2017

Public Service Day

June 23rd of each year is the day that the United Nations Public Service Day. The U.N wants to bring attention to the competent civil service that democracy and successful government is built on. Each year the U.N. rewards the creative achievements and contributions of public service institutions world wide. The spotlight is shone on the roles of the different public services. 

A public service is a service that is provided by the government to the people who are living in the area or country. Regardless of income, physical ability or mental acuity public services should be available to all. The government offering public services can be dated back to the late nineteenth century. Gas and water services may have been among the earliest after that other services such as electricity and healthcare were added. Public services offered often has to do with how developed the country is. 

Some of the public services offered have to do with

Education, [e.g. state (public) schools, public universities, etc...]
Emergency services, (e.g. Fire, EMS, Law Enforcement, Search and Rescue, etc...)
Environmental protection
Health care
Postal service
Public bank
Public broadcasting
Public library
Public security
Public transportation
Social services, (e.g. public housing, social welfare, food subsidies, etc...)
Urban planning
Transportation infrastructure
Waste management, (e.g. wastewater, solid waste, recycling, etc...)
Water supply network

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