Georgia, Germany, and Indonesia Elected to Lead the Open Government Partnership
The governments of Germany, Georgia, and Indonesia have been elected by their peers to three year terms on the leadership body of the Open Government Partnership (OGP). OGP has led the charge for open governance and citizen-centered democracy since its launch in 2011, promoting cooperation and collaboration between governments and civil society to create policy for the people, by the people.
“I welcome the election of Germany, Georgia, and Indonesia to the OGP Steering Committee, and congratulate them on being elected to this important global leadership body,” said OGP CEO Sanjay Pradhan. “Our Steering Committee has a vital collective leadership role to forge a positive global movement for openness and reinvigorating democracy, and act as a countervailing force against the rise of closed government and its manifestations, including restrictions on civic space, corruption and distrust in government.”
As per the OGP Articles of Governance, all eligible OGP participating governments vote to elect new government representatives to the Steering Committee each year. Countries that also applied to leadership positions on the OGP Steering Committee were Armenia and Kenya.
As the executive, decision-making body of OGP, the Steering Committee’s main role is to develop, promote and safeguard the values, principles and interests of OGP. The Steering Committee also establishes the core ideas, policies, and rules of the partnership, and oversees its functioning. The Steering Committee consists of 22 members – 11 from government and 11 from civil society. This is the fourth rotation of the OGP Steering Committee since OGP was launched in September 2011.
New Steering Committee members begin their three-year term on October 1st.
Open Government Partnership brings together government reformers and civil society leaders to create action plans that make governments more inclusive, responsive and accountable.
The Open Government Partnership formally launched on September 20, 2011, when the 8 founding governments (Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Norway, the Philippines, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States) endorsed the Open Government Declaration and announced their country action plans. Since 2011, 79 OGP participating countries and 20 subnational governments have made over 3,100 commitments to make their governments more open and accountable.
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