Announcing the award to the Sabar Shouchagar -- 'Toilets for All' --  project, the  UN department administering the awards said, “It is a unique model developed to generate awareness, improve access to sanitary toilets and bring substantial health improvement through improved sanitation.”

The project increased awareness and brought behavioural changes leading to more use of the constructed toilets, it added.

The award from the Division for Public Administration and Development Management of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) is to be given in Medellin, Colombia on Thursday at a UN Public Service Forum.

"The awards highlight many innovations that help to provide better services to citizens everywhere in the world and improve people's  lives," said Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General of the UN Department  of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA).

"It provides an international platform to showcase some of the best examples of effective public  governance," added Wu Hongbo.

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