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.
We express our gratitude to the Government of South Africa for its efforts towards advancing the important agenda of Open Government Partnership in the past year and wish the Government of France all the success in its upcoming chairmanship. Our appreciation also goes to the civil society co-chairs for their dedication and support to the OGP principles and objectives.
Over the past two months, I’ve had the privilege of getting to know leaders of subnational open government in Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana and Jalisco, Mexico. Their passion for what they do—whether pioneering new ways of exchanging information with citizens about government resources, or advocating for an apolitical space in government to truly meet their constituents’ needs—has blown me away.