Renewing Democracy in 2021
For 14 consecutive years, civil and political liberties have declined globally and 2020 was no exception. Authoritarian leaders have been on the rise and civic space has been closing, with the COVID-19 pandemic sadly fuelling further opportunistic attacks on civil society. Racial injustice and inequality have been exposed even further. As advocates for open government, this is contrary to everything we stand for and sadly many of our member countries have not been immune to these global trends.
Last week, an attack occurred at the Capitol building of one of our founding members, the United States. Many watched in horror as democracy itself was imperiled. The violent insurrection came to viscerally epitomize the deep polarization tearing democracy apart in the United States and in many other countries. As a partnership, we work tirelessly for According to OGP’s Articles of Governance, transparency occurs when “government-held information (including on activities and decisions) is open, comprehensive, timely, freely available to the pub... More, participation, accountability, and OGP participating governments are working to create governments that truly serve all people. This includes many historically oppressed groups such as persons with disabilities, women, lesbian, gay, bi.... These are crucial for better government – and will be a crucial part of the solution to revitalizing democracy globally. Those responsible must be held to account, and U.S. civil society must have a strong voice in rebuilding American democracy for the future.
But this doesn’t end with the United States. There are reformers in government and advocates in civil society from many countries who are fighting back against illberal and anti-democratic forces. We will work to support those reformers inside and outside of government to support transparency, accountability and inclusion in the U.S. and beyond. Indeed, lessons from our other OGP members can help the U.S. learn to depolarize, to rein in unequal To address barriers that prevent citizens from having their justice needs met, OGP participating governments are working to expand transparency, accountability, and inclusion into all systems of justi..., and to break the corrupting link between money and politics that led to much of this.
We believe the whole OGP community can come together to make 2021 a landmark year for open government and democracy, and to turn the tide. Today, we are also publishing OGP’s 2021 work plan, signed off by the 11 governments and 11 civil society leaders of the OGP The Steering Committee is OGP’s executive decision-making body. Its role is to develop, promote and safeguard OGP’s values, principles and interests; establish OGP’s core ideas, policies, and ru.... This ambitious work plan highlights the opportunities we all have this year. But it only fulfills its potential if we all push together, and support each other. We can’t wait to get started.
Open Government Partnership 2021 Work Plan
The fourth National Action Plan for Open Government (NAP4) of the United States exhibited a higher degree of completion compared to its predecessors. However, it produced fewer substantial results due…
Open Response + Open Recovery
Our community’s fundamental values of accountability, transparency, inclusivity, and responsiveness are vital as we move through COVID-19 response to recovery. Find resources, events and examples from OGP and partners.