Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 6:15pm to 7:30pm
Parallel Session Room 7

Session to launch the Legislative Openness Working Group (LOWG). The group is intended to deepen the exchange of knowledge across governments, parliaments, civil society and international institutions on the opportunities and challenges associated with opening the legislative process.

This will serve as a formal launch and allow the members of the LOWG to define their goals and objectives as a working group.

 

WELCOME REMARKS
 
Rt. Hon. Andrew Lansley, Leader of the House of Commons, United Kingdom
 
WORKING GROUP ANCHORS
 
Senator Hernán Larraín, Chair, Bicameral Commission for Transparency, National Congress of Chile

K. Scott Hubli, Director of Governance Programs, National Democratic Institute
 
LIGHTNING ROUND PRESENTATIONS ON LEGISLATIVE OPENNESS
 
"Good Law" 
Richard Heaton, Permanent Secretary, Cabinet Office, United Kingdom
 

"Building CSO-Parliamentary Cooperation on Openness in Mexico"
Senator Arely Gómez González, Republic of Mexico
Melissa Ortiz, FUNDAR Center for Research and Analysis, Mexico

"The Global Declaration on Parliamentary Openness"
Vukosava Crnjanski, Director, Center for Research, Transparency and Accountability, Serbia
Andrew G. Mandelbaum, National Democratic Institute

PANEL DISCUSSION

Akaash Maharaj (moderator), Executive Director, Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption

Hon. Emmanuel K. Bedzrah, Parliament of Ghana

Hon. Budiman Sudjatmiko, People’s Representative Council of the Republic of Indonesia

Marja Wallin, Parliamentary Secretary, Parliament of Finland

María Baron, Chair, Latin American Network for Legislative Transparency

Government Integrity
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