Openness as an Enabler of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda

This Friday, September 25th, during the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, 193 Member States adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with 17 goals (SDGs) to achieve a more prosperous, peaceful, just and inclusive world over the next 15 years.

Recognizing that no country will achieve these objectives unilaterally, Open Government principlestransparency, accountability, innovation and civic engagementwill be critical to building strong institutions able to achieve these goals. Thus today, as part of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) UNGA high-level side event, 13 member countries of including Brazil, Chile, Croatia, United States, Philippines, France, Georgia, Indonesia, Mexico, United Kingdom, Romania, South Africa and Tanzania, signed a joint declaration to promote effective implementation of the 2030 Agenda through the principles of open government, highlighting the adoption of the international Open Data Charter as a catalyst for collaboration between all sectors of society.

As an immediate result of the declaration, the Government of Mexico, as current chair of the Open Government Partnership, officially launched a call for all governments to adopt the Open Data Charter, recognizing that to achieve the Global Goals, open data must be accessible, comparable and timely for anyone to reuse, anywhere and anytime.

Towards the Global Summit of the Open Government Partnership in Mexico this 28th and 29th of October, the Government of Mexico will work with all member countries to encourage the adoption of the Charter’s shared principles as part of the OGP’s National Action Plans, in order to enhance civic space and leverage open data as a key input for governments and citizens to work together in the design, delivery and assessment of new strategies aimed to achieve the SDGs, without leaving anyone behind.