undata wins 2010 UN21 Award for Improvements
in Client Services
In a ceremony held on 29 July 2010, the United Nations Statistics Division was awarded
the 2010 UN21 Award in the category "Improvements in Client Services". This is the
third time since 2004 that a UN21 Award is awarded to the Statistics Division.
In presenting the awards, the Secretary-General emphasized the inspiring example
that the recipients had given: "The finalists here today dared to challenge the
status quo and to change accepted ways of doing things. You broke out of old habits,
you realized what could be achieved. By yourselves or as a team, you did whatever
it took to turn your vision into reality. Today we celebrate not just the winners,
but the can-do spirit of all the nominees."
The UN21 Awards were established in 1996 to recognize outstanding initiatives by
individual staff members or teams to improve the delivery of the Organization’s
programmes and services. The Awards serve to highlight innovations across the Organization
which have a multiplier effect and ensure sustainable results.
The "Improvements in Client Services" award category honours an individual or team
who significantly changed how they do business in ways that positively affect client
services, including better services to Member States, UN departments, offices or
UN system entities. The criteria for this category take into account the value and
efficiency of the provided services, a consistently high quality of service to all
clients, anticipated client needs and potential problems before they arose, and
the creation of new and/or innovative methods for client servicing.
UNSD greatly appreciates congratulatory messages received from the following member states (and observer) on this "commendable" achievement:
Afghanistan, Armenia, Australia, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bhutan, Brazil, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Republic of, Lithuania, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Romania, Russian Federation, Samoa, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St. Lucia, Suriname, Sweden, Tanzania, Thailand and Turkey.