Hearty congratulations to the Open Government Partners on the celebration of five years of hard work and unwavering commitment to the promotion of accountability and transparency. Well done to the OGP for the five successful years of relentless campaign to enhance good governance. It has been five rewarding years of partnerships in promoting fiscal transparency, access to information, public officials' disclosure of assets and citizens' engagement. These goals are central to the effective management of the state and in the last five years, you could not have driven on a better, more impactful and more transformative path.

The course the OGP has championed in the last five years may not be new. Several years before the advent of the OGP, in 2008, we established the Open Government Initiative; several years before the OGP, the public officials' disclosure of assets had been part of our governance system, several years before the advent of the OGP, we had taken steps to ensure access to public information and we have always endeavored to engage citizens in the governance of the state.

En nuestra sociedad actual los ciudadanos exigen un gobierno más democrático y transparente en su gestión, por lo que el gobierno abierto debe representar un mecanismo que afianza la democracia como ente que permite la participación de los interesados en reflexiones de orden políticas y sociales. Considerando la iniciativa de gobierno abierto concebido como un sistema de generación de políticas públicas que vincula la necesaria capacidad de regeneración de la democracia, ofreciendo un futuro verdaderamente democrático con gobiernos eficientes y que puedan brindar un desarrollo económico inclusivo para la gente, donde los valores de la justicia, las libertades y los anhelos de igualdad garanticen la dignidad e integridad de los ciudadanos en nuestros países.

On September 20, 2016, OGP celebrated its fifth anniversary on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York. Attended by both high-level government officials and civil society representatives, the event attracted widespread media attention throughout the world and can be relived at any time on the U.N. website.

As we celebrate OGP’s impressive growth in the first five years, let me invite you to envision that we are gathered here at UNGA five years from now.  We would measure our success then not by the number of countries or commitments, but the extent to which OGP made a real difference in the lives of ordinary citizens.  

Debo reconocer que me costó trabajo escribir esta breve intervención. Pero no es extraño, cada vez me cuesta más hacer mi trabajo y, en general, habitar este planeta. Todos los días observo realidades indignantes y dolorosas. Pero ¿qué les puedo decir que ustedes no sepan?

I must admit that it was hard for me to write this short speech. But that is not surprising; it has become increasingly hard for me to do my job and, in general, to inhabit this planet. Every day, I see outrageous and painful realities. But, what can I tell you that you don't know already?

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.

Over the past three decades, China has seen meteoric economic development, lifting tens of millions of people out of poverty. However, that development came at a huge environmental cost. Over that same period, river water turned black, farm soil became toxic, and large stretches of China’s skies turned grey. Official statements dismissed hazy skies - the most visible of these pollution problems -  as “fog” or “smoke from barbecue grills.”

Sri Lanka is one of the newest members of the Open Government Partnership and South Asia’s first, and I am happy to join you today to mark the Fifth Anniversary of this Partnership. I thank His Excellency Jacob Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa, for inviting me to this important event.

Je veux d'abord saluer Barack OBAMA qui a eu cette initiative et ensuite tous ceux qui ont voulu lui donner à la fois son sens et sa traduction pour les citoyens. J'ai conscience que les Présidents qui m'ont précédé ont eu à cœur de faire en sorte que cette initiative puisse prendre l'importance qu’elle a aujourd'hui.

Le Partenariat pour un Gouvernement Ouvert doit produire un impact toujours plus visible et tangible sur la vie des citoyens, sur leur volonté et leur capacité à s’engager dans l’élaboration des décisions qui touchent leur vie quotidienne et à participer à l’action publique.