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Este artículo se publicó originalmente enThe Huffington Post.

A mediados de 2016, el Centro Regional del PNUD en Bangkok y OGP lanzaron una convocatoria para recibir información de iniciativas de gobierno abierto que están contribuyendo o tienen el potencial de contribuir a alcanzar los Objetivos de Desarrollo

Hace muchos años, no mucho tiempo después de la caída del muro de Berlín, pasé un invierno de tardes grises en los archivos de la Stasi (la policía secreta de Alemania Oriental), investigando historias sobre República Democrática Alemana. Para poder ver un documento, primero tenías que ver si el archivo existía (no había índice). Después, tenías que demostrar que realmente lo necesitabas (como periodista, esto significaba tener un bosquejo de tu artículo).

Facilitating the implementation of open government initiatives through digital tools is one of the main ambitions of France and the World Resources Institute as co-chairs of the Open Government Partnership (OGP). The OGP Toolbox, a collaborative platform launched during the OGP Global Summit in Paris (December 6, 7 and 8), was conceived to help achieve that goal.

Many years ago, not long after the fall of the Berlin Wall, I spent a winter of long gray afternoons in the archives of the Stasi (the East German secret police), researching stories about the former German Democratic Republic. In order to view a document, you first had to know that it existed (there was no available index). Then you had to prove a need for it (as a journalist this meant providing a story outline).

Whereas the 75 member countries of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) initiative are already forming a considerable group of the “cool kids” in the world, luckily, they don’t see themselves as an elitist group. A prevailing argument among many is the importance of an ever-growing network.

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.

If the last five years of the open government movement has seen a huge amount of activity - including the creation of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), and the rapid development of the open data agenda - how will we define the next five years? The UK Government hosted a panel on the future of open government at the OGP Summit which attempted to answer that question.

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