OGP Celebrates its 3rd Anniversary at the UN Headquarters
- Kamis, 02/10/2014
New York, 24 September 2014, Conference Room 4, UN Headquarter – The Open Government Partnership celebrated its three-year anniversary at a High-Level Event to celebrate its growth on the margins of the 69th UN General Assembly. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia, embodying the spirit of OGP, highlighted that “Openness and transparency as well as the people’s participation and collaboration are key requisites to good governance in this era of hyper-connectivity.” Since its launch in 2011, OGP has grown from eight to 65 participating countries. Countries and civil society organizations came together to support transparency, accountability and citizen engagement worldwide.
The event was hosted by President President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia, President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico, OGP civil society Co-Chairs Rakesh Rajani from Twaweza and Suneeta Kaimal from Natural Resource Governance Institute. Over 600 participants from both civil society organizations and government officials including 10 Heads of State and Government along with 29 representative of multilateral organizations and 18 representatives of the private sector attended the event. Their presence demonstrates a high level of political commitment to promoting ambitious open government reforms and need for a coalition of change to maintain strong momentum of this global movement.
As Lead-Chair of OGP, President Yudhoyono took the stage to welcome new members of OGP and highlighted Indonesia’s experience and continuous commitment in expanding public participation, the focus of his chairmanship. He was joined by OGP Co-Chair President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico, OGP Incoming Co-Chair President Jacob Zuma of South Africa, and OGP Founding Co-Chair President Barack Obama of the United States. These Heads of States shared sentiments of OGP as a platform for accelerated reform and pledged their commitment for support for implementation in other OGP countries. Also, President Obama took the opportunity to pledge easier access to federal spending information and emphasized that, “We need to do more to ensure transparency & accountability in industries that can be especially vulnerable to corruption.”
The event celebrated Denmark, Montenegro and the Philippines as the top three winners of the first annual Open Government Awards, celebrating successful programs to increase citizen engagement in policy-making. Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt of Denmark and President Filip Vujanović of Montenegro presented the awards to the winning team from their respective countries.
Remarks were also given by the OGP Steering Committee Members, President François Hollande of France, President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania, President Ivo Josipović of Croatia, Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili of Georgia, along with Helen Clark, Administrator of United Nations Development Programme and Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.
About Open Government Partnership (OGP)
The Open Government Partnership is a multilateral initiative that aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. In the spirit of multi-stakeholder collaboration, OGP is overseen by a Steering Committee including representatives of governments and civil society organizations. To become a member of OGP, participating countries must endorse a high-level Open Government Declaration, deliver a country action plan developed with public consultation, and commit to independent reporting on their progress going forward. The Open Government Partnership formally launched on September 20, 2011, when the eight founding governments (Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Norway, the Philippines, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States) endorsed the Open Government Declaration, and announced their country action plans. In just three years, OGP has welcomed the commitment of 57 additional governments to join the Partnership. In total, OGP participating countries have made over 1,000 commitments to make their governments more open and accountable.
For more info, please visit:
OGP Web: http://www.opengovpartnership.org/
Government Awards Website: https://www.opengovawards.org/