The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Open Government Partnership (OGP) made a joint commitment to promote the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development through open government initiatives. As described in their Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), the two organizations will support progress in SDG 5 (gender equality) and SDG 16 (peace, justice and sound institutions).
The OGP brings together government and civil society to create action plans to make governments more inclusive, responsible and accountable to citizens. OGP members are countries that have endorsed the Open Government Declaration, developed a country action plan with public consultation and committed to report independently on their progress. Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Norway, the Philippines, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States founded the OGP in 2011. There are now 79 countries participating in the OGP and 20 subnational governments that are committed to making their governments more open and responsible.
n The Memorandum of Understanding, UNDP, and OMB commit to advancing in the implementation of the OGP declaration entitled ‘Open Government for the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’. achievement, with a particular focus on SDG 5 and SDG 16. UNDP and OGP will provide technical assistance and programmatic support to institutions and civil society organizations to implement reforms related to SDG 5, SDG 16 and “legislative opening”. OGP will monitor progress through its Independent Information Mechanism.
there is no single definition of open government, the concept encompasses the transparency of government actions, the accessibility of government services and information, the government’s ability to respond to needs, demands and new ideas, and the right of citizens to express their opinions. about the topics that interest them and those that make the decisions. explicable. Goal 16.6 of the SDGs requires the development of “effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels”. Goal 16.7 of the SDGs focuses on ensuring “responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision making at all levels”.
According to the MoU, the two organizations will identify opportunities to share experiences at global and regional conferences and events, including the Sixth World Summit of the OGP in May 2019 and the July 2019 session of the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development ( HLPF).
Source: SDG Knowledge Hub.