OGP Heads of States Press Release
Date: 19th September 2011
On September 20th, 2011, eight governments and nine civil society organizations will welcome the commitment of 38 countries from every corner of the world to join the Open Government Partnership. At the initiative’s formal launch hosted by President Barack Obama and President Dilma Rousseff today in New York, the eight founding governments–the United States, Brazil, Mexico, Indonesia, Norway, the Philippines, the United Kingdom and South Africa—will announce country action plans with concrete commitments to advance open government domestically. The founding governments will also endorse the Open Government Declaration of Principles, which recognizes the value of enhancing transparency, reducing corruption, promoting civic engagement and employing new technology and tools in pursuit of improving lives.
The Partnership features a unique collaboration between committed governments and leading civil society organizations to advance open government worldwide. The 38 new OGP countries will develop their own country action plans in consultation with civil society over the coming months, to be announced at the next OGP meeting in Brazil in March 2012.