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PRESS RELEASE: Breakthroughs on open government at UK Anti-Corruption Summit

OGP Support Unit |

OGP recognized by global leaders for its value in advancing anti-corruption reform

OGP highlights from the Summit:

  • Strong endorsement for Open Government Partnership (OGP) in the Anti-Corruption Summit Communique, signed by 40 attending governments, including role of civil society and accountability for implementation of commitments.
  • Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari announced his country’s intention to join OGP, adding to the 69 governments who are currently participating.
  • Prime Minister David Cameron launched several commitments in the UK’s new OGP National Action Plan.
  • OGP CEO Sanjay Pradhan announces a special session at OGP’s Global Summit in Paris, December 7-9, 2016 for follow-up on anti-corruption commitments made today.

May 12, 2016, London   – The Open Government Partnership (OGP) welcomed the announcement by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s that Nigeria is joining OGP. “A main component of this anti-corruption partnership is that governments must demonstrate unquestionable political will and commitment to the fight. The private sector must come clean and be transparent, and civil society, while keeping a watch on all stakeholders, must act and report with a sense of responsibility and objectivity. For our part, Nigeria is committed to signing the Open Government Partnership.” said Buhari. Buhari was addressing a gathering of over 300 government, civil society, and business leaders at the Tackling Corruption Conference, organized at Marlborough House, in advance of the UK Government’s Anti-Corruption Summit.

“We welcome Nigeria to a partnership of 69 governments and thousands of civil society organizations committed to improving accountability and transparency in government,” OGP CEO Sanjay Pradhan said. “Through OGP, collective ambitions are raised, ideas and innovations are shared, and lasting policy response can be secured. Nigeria has taken a huge step forward in signalling its intention to put tackling corruption at the heart of its reform agenda.”

One of OGP’s eight founding countries, the United Kingdom today launched its third National Action Plan. The new plan was developed with civil society organizations, and includes a commitment to implement the Open Contracting Data Standard, meaning open data will be available across the full contracting cycle, including for major infrastructure projects. The UK will also establish a public register of company beneficial ownership information for foreign companies who already own or buy property in the UK, or who bid on UK central government contracts.

The Summit Communique, negotiated by 40 governments, recognizes the role that OGP can play in catalyzing anti-corruption reform and accountability. It states:

We recognise the value of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) in advancing transparency and good governance reform through national commitments made together with civil society, and the value of the OGP’s Independent Reporting Mechanism in providing accountability. OGP participating governments among us will work with civil society to embed our Summit commitments into National Action Plans where appropriate.”

In addition to the Summit Communique, the attending countries published individual country statements, highlighting the measures they were undertaking to tackle corruption. 11 countries, including, Afghanistan, Australia, France, Germany, Georgia, Kenya, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Romania, and the United States, explicitly stated that they will be engaging with OGP in furthering their anti-corruption agenda.

Pradhan invited heads of state and other international leaders at the historic event to continue using OGP to facilitate the implementation of anti-corruption commitments, and announced a special session at OGP’s Global Summit in Paris, December 7-9, 2016 dedicated to follow-up on the commitments made  today.

 

NOTE TO EDITORS

For more details on the announcements made at the Summit, related to the Open Government Partnership:

  1. UK’s Open Government National Action Plan 2016-2018

  2. Anti-Corruption Summit Communique (Para 31)

  3. Anti-Corruption Summit: individual country statements

  4. Full text of President Buhari’s speech at the Tackling Corruption Conference, Marlborough House on May 11

  5. UK Open Government Network

About OGP

OGP is a unique multilateral initiative aimed at securing concrete commitments from governments 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. Governments need to work with civil society to draft ambitious policy reform in their bi-annual National Action Plans, progress on which is monitored by the Independent Reporting Mechanism.

OGP was formally launched in September 2011 when eight founding governments – Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Norway, Philippines, South Africa, United Kingdom and United States – endorsed an Open Government Declaration, and published  OGP National Action Plans with specific open government reform commitments. In just four and a half years OGP has grown to include 69 governments, seven multilaterals and hundreds of civil society organizations.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Dietlind Lerner, Communications Director

Open Government Partnership Support Unit

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IN LONDON:

Joe Powell, +12024892146

Open Government Partnership Support Unit

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