September 20, 2011
President Obama Announces International Open Government Initiative
The OGP seeks to promote "transparent, effective and accountable governments--with institutions that empower citizens and are responsive to their aspirations." It includes a Declaration, now signed by 38 nations, that states a commitment to the principles enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN Convention against Corruption, "and other applicable international instruments related to human rights and good governance." The U.S. is a founding partner, along with Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Norway, the Philippines, South Africa, and the UK.
For the U.S., the OGP is an international extension of the Obama administration's efforts to increase transparency, accountability, and citizen involvement here in the U.S. The White House issued a status report on its efforts just last week, and it announced a new electronic platform to petition the government, We the People, earlier this month.
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