Earlier this week, on the fringes of the United Nations General Assembly, I was privileged to attend an extraordinary meeting. On the stage and in the audience were the presidents of the U.S., Mongolia, Liberia and several other nations, as well as the U.N. Deputy Secretary General and Special Rapporteur for the Right to Information, U.S.
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Devolution of government to the counties in Kenya requires civil society to be ever more vigilant if the objectives of devolution have to be achieved. This vigilance is especially required because Kenyan citizens have invested their hopes in these devolved units to empower them to be involved in decision-making processes over matters that affect their
Chile is hosting a Regional Outreach Meeting of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) for Latin America on the 10th and 11th January 2013. It will be opened by Cristián Larroulet, Minister Secretary-General of the Chilean Presidency, who commented: The fact that Chile is hosting a meeting of such magnitude is a major example of the
The UK’s chairmanship is a tremendous opportunity for the UK to promote and encourage open government and governance, domestically and internationally. It is also an ideal opportunity for the UK Government – in full consultation with civil society groups – to revisit its National Action Plan. (David Banisar and Alan Hudson.)
One of the outcomes of Brasilia will be for the OGP plenary to endorse the steering committee-drafted governance policy for OGP, which includes a framework for how OGP governments and OGP NGOs nominate steering committee candidates from their respective caucuses. The early politicking around this should be fascinating, and I’m disappointed I won’t be there to watch it in person!
50 public organizations asked the President to designate the body responsible for coordinating and implementing the Open Government Partnership initiative. These NGOs decided to appeal to President Viktor Yanukovych because of Ukraine’s poor implementation of its responsibilities under the OGP.