Leaders celebrate the first anniversary of the Open Government Partnership

The first anniversary of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) was celebrated in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. The one-year anniversary event featured a high-level reception with remarks from OGP leaders and representatives from key civil society organisations. The event also marked the launch of the Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) – a panel of experienced international personalities and policy experts – who will track progress and ensure strong accountability of OGP participating governments. The event saw the transfer of Chairmanship of the OGP to the UK and Indonesia, together with civil society co-chair Warren Krafchik of the International Budget Partnership. 

At the first anniversary event Tanzania was represented by Minister Chikawe, country OGP leader, and Twaweza’s Rakesh Rajani who made closing remarks. Noting that the OGP could be a breakthrough if governments organised to respond to citizens, Rajani underlined [We need] to create a new collaborative way of doing government, a way that is less about issuing directives and more about creating conditions in which governments and citizens come together to solve common problems.”

In its first year OGP has demonstrated that, across the world, the will exists to make governments more open. But, according to many participants at the first anniversary event, the time for declarations is over, and the time for action and accountability is now. Citizens of the world are watching and time will tell whether the OGP was able to rise up to the challenge.

An infographic about the OGP is available here.

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