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This week, top press coverage came out of Africa with a number of member countries making headlines in connection to OGP.  

 

El próximo mes Open Government Partnership (OGP) cumplirá su quinto aniversario y nos estamos preparando para celebrar sus logros: en esencia, construir un movimiento creciente de hasta ahora 70 países y miles de organizaciones de la sociedad civil comprometidas con el impulso al gobierno abierto. Aunque felicitamos a los gobiernos por lograr un desempeño más abierto y participativo, necesitamos reconocer el gran papel que ha jugado la sociedad civil en este proceso.

One of the key tasks in the effort of plugging the holes is reforming trade, financial, commercial and infrastructure systems and procedures so that they incorporate the principles of equity, sustainability and inclusiveness. Transparency and accountability mechanisms are essential elements of this framework.

Over the past two months, OGP’s government, civil society and other stakeholders have heard me deliver a key message: OGP is at a critical juncture – it has grown significantly in scale, with 70 countries joining the partnership in just five years, along with thousands of civil society organizations, together co-creating national action plans whose implementation is assessed by the Independent Reporting Mechanism.  We know that this is just the beginning.  We need to capitalize on this solid foundation to catapult OGP to deliver transformational impact in the lives of citizens over the next five years. At the London Anticorruption Summit, OGP was positioned as the definitive ambition, implementation and accountability mechanism for key open government reforms. This is OGP’s promise, but many of you will now be asking how we make this a reality?

En el marco de la XVII Conferencia Iberoamericana de Ministras y Ministros de Administración Pública y Reforma del Estado, celebrada los pasados 7 y 8 de julio en la ciudad de Bogotá, organizada conjuntamente con el Departamento Administrativo de la Función Pública (DAFP) de Colombia y con la Secretaría General Iberoamericana (SEGIB), el Centro Latinoamericano de Administración para el Desarrollo (CLAD) aprobó la Carta Iberoamericana de Gobierno Abierto (CIGA) con el fin de promover gobiernos más transparentes, abiertos y cercanos a la ciudadanía en la región.

 

A series providing a round-up of media attention received by the Open Government Partnership throughout the world.

This week, OGP was featured in news items around the globe. The biggest source of coverage  was Mexico, where open government issues made headlines in a variety of outlets.

This piece originally appeared on the OpenNorth blog. 

As it does every two years, the Government of Canada released its open government action plan, the third of its kind so far. And yet, for many of the millions of engaged Canadians across the country, the existence of this plan remains unknown to them.

Indeed, the release of the plan garnered little to no media attention in the last few weeks, despite it being part of a larger global movement – the Open Government Partnership (OGP) – and despite it setting out significant commitments on a diverse set of issues that matter to many Canadians.

This piece original appeared on the Sunlight Foundation blog. 

 

Chart titled "Figure 4 – Misdemeanor Charges Per 1,000 Residents, 2010-2015" from the DOJ Investigation of the Baltimore City Police Department."

This blog is part of a series on how open government can help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The series came out of a collaboration between the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Bangkok Regional Hub and the Open Government Partnership (OGP) to find practical examples of how open government is helping countries achieve the SDGs in the Asia-Pacific region. For more details on the competition, the blog series, and how open government can help achieve the SDGs, please see our introductory blog post.

When I travel abroad and meet with my foreign counterparts, colleagues, and friends, I always ask them one question. “To what extent are you and the people of your country satisfied with the quality and delivery of public services? Can you receive the service you want?” It’s interesting to know how the governments of other countries serve their people.

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