The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development demands bold action. It will require coordinating policy on multiple fronts, forming new partnerships, and committing significant resources across the globe. It also requires an open and accountable approach to implementation. With government and civil society working together in 66 countries to make governments more open and effective, the Open Government Partnership (OGP) presents a unique opportunity to advance the 2030 Agenda.
Members of the OGP Steering Committee met on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City in September 2015 to endorse the Joint Declaration on Open Government for the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Since then, many more governments and civil society organizations have signed the declaration, which commits governments to use OGP to encourage transparent, accountable, participatory, and technology-enabled implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
As an international partnership with a built-in domestic policy platform and accountability mechanism—national action plans and the Independent Reporting Mechanism—OGP provides a readymade vehicle for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). OGP action plans can be used to adopt concrete commitments aligned with SDGs across the 66 participating countries, while the Independent Reporting Mechanism ensures a focus on results by holding governments accountable for implementation.
This special edition of the Open Government Guide focuses on how an open government approach can spur progress across the 17 Goals, including in improving public services and ultimately, in reducing poverty.
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