World Forum will be the venue for the United Nations Public Service Day 2017 to be held in The Hague on 22 and 23 June 2017. During this two-day international conference, the participating countries will explore ways for achieving better public services based on the theme ‘The Future is Now’. The key question will be how the public sector can improve the services it provides to citizens by renewing its approach. Some 500 participants, including ministers and senior civil servants, are expected to attend the conference.
The Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations will in its role as host offer delegates an opportunity to become acquainted with innovations in the public sector in practice. Delegates will be able to exchange knowledge and make new contacts during working visits and the conference. The overall objective will be to achieve better services for citizens worldwide.
The United Nations organises the Public Service Day annually. Previous editions have been held in South Korea, Bahrain, Spain and Austria. Dutch Minister Blok (Housing and the Central Government Sector) announced at the UN Public Service Day in New York last summer that the Netherlands would host the conference in 2017. He is convinced this conference provides an excellent platform for underscoring the importance of public services for the entire international community.
‘Hosting this UN conference means we have once again succeeded in attracting an outstanding and high-level conference. The Hague has been selected in part due to the experience we have gained as a venue and city with conferences of this size and nature. Through this conference we are helping to achieve the mission to make The Hague the Netherlands’ second conference city,’ says Kirsten Vosmer, Commercial Manager at World Forum.