Canada, Italy, South Africa, and South Korea Elected to Lead the Open Government Partnership
WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 16, 2017 – The governments of Canada, Italy, South Africa, and South Korea have been elected by their peers to join the leadership of the Open Government Partnership (OGP). OGP has led the charge for open governance and citizen-centered democracy for over five years, promoting cooperation and collaboration between governments and civil society to create policy for the people, by the people. 93% of eligible OGP participating governments voted in the election.
OGP CEO Sanjay Pradhan welcomed the new Steering Committee governments. “I welcome the election of Canada, Italy, South Africa and South Korea to the OGP Steering Committee, and congratulate them on being elected to this important global leadership body. Our job is to build a positive global movement for openness and deeper 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. OGP can be a platform for citizens to engage their governments in new ways, and to tackle the toughest political problems in the world today.”
The OGP Articles of Governance require all OGP participating governments to 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 Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Mongolia, Nigeria, Paraguay, Philippines, and Sri Lanka.
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.
OGP was formally launched on September 20, 2011, on the sidelines of a UN General Assembly meeting, when eight heads of state, along with nine civil society leaders, endorsed the Open Government Declaration and published the first cohort of OGP National Action Plans.
Today OGP is composed of 75 national governments, 15 subnational governments, seven multilateral organizations, and thousands of civil society organizations who together have made over 3,000 commitments towards open government reforms to promote transparency, increase civic participation, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to make governments more open, effective, and accountable to citizens around the world.
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