• Initiatives

    UN Public Service Award

    UN Public Service Award is the most prestigious recognition for excellence in the public sector. It rewards the creative achievements and contributions of public service institutions that lead to a more effective and responsive public administration in countries worldwide. Through an annual competition, the UN Public Service Awards promotes the role, professionalism and visibility of public service.

    For more information, please visit the UNPSA's website.

    World Business and Development Awards (WBDA)

    The World Business and Development Award is part of a special focus to recognize companies which “apply their inclusive business expertise to the worldwide efforts to end poverty.” The UN Development Programme is a sponsor of these awards.

    For more information, please visit the WBDA's website.

    Water For Life Best Practices Award

    The Water For Life Best Practices Award's purpose is to “promote efforts to fulfill international commitments made on water and water-related issues by 2015 through recognition of outstanding best practices that can ensure the long-term sustainable management of water resources and contribute to the achievement of internationally agreed goals and targets as contained in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Agenda 21 and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation.”

    For more information, please visit the Water For Life Best Practices Award's website.

    G-20 SME Finance Challenge

    The G-20 SME Finance Challenge is open to all private sector participants, welcoming proposals from private financial institutions, private investors and others for innovative approaches in the field of economic development, financial services and markets, social services, etc.

    For more information, please visit the G-20 SME Finance Challenge

    SEED Awards

    The SEED Awards are given by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to social and environmental entrepreneurs whose businesses can help meet sustainable development challenges.

    For more information, please visit the SEED Awards' website.

    IDB's beyondBanking Awards

    The beyondBanking Awards recognize the best projects and initiatives by financial intermediaries in Latin America and the Caribbean that contribute to the creation of a more inclusive, transparent and environmentally sustainable financial sector.

    For more information, please visit IDB website.

    Noteworthy Dates

    Since the early days of the United Nations system, the U.N. has established a set of Days to help focus the world on the issues in which the U.N. has an interest and commitment. The U.N. calls on Member States and other organizations to mark these days in ways which reflect their priorities. The following U.N. dates are relevant to Development Business as they promote specific days pertinent to our mission, our partners and our subscribers.

    22 March World Water Day
    7 April World Health Day
    21 May World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
    5 June World Environment Day
    16 September International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
    October (1st Monday) World Habitat Day
    17 October International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
    24 October World Development Information Day
    20 November Africa Industrialization Day
    5 December International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development

    For the full list of United Nations Observances, please click here.