Weekly news – 20 July 2018
What happens when civil society and governments come together to make governments more open, accountable and responsive to citizens’ needs?
We’ve been finding out this week in Tbilisi, Georgia, at the 5th Global Summit of the Open Government Partnership.
Anti-corruption was one of the three themes at this year’s summit. We’ve been playing a key role in shaping the discussion, from our chair Delia Ferreira Rubio calling for more commitment and action on anti-corruption reforms, to 15 separate events involving our chapters around the world.
We also took a look back at the lessons learned and achievements reached in our partnership with investigative journalists from the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), which was launched at the last OGP summit in Paris in 2016.
The summit was full of encouraging signs of progress, but also reminders of why our work matters.
As Ferreira Rubio put it: “The more successful we are in our work, the more prone certain governments are to restrict the space for civil society and investigative journalists. The work for transparency is also the work for democracy, rule of law, respect of people’s freedoms, and access to information.”
Your continued attention and support is vital for keeping us moving forward.
News from Transparency International
This week, the Open Government Partnership held its 5th global summit in Tbilisi, Georgia to highlight three cross-cutting issues facing national governments today: anti-corruption, civic engagement and public service. Transparency International was there in force, with a delegation from 15 countries and a simple goal: hold governments accountable to the commitments they’ve made on anti-corruption.
From July 9 – 18, key players in the development community have been meeting in New York for the main United Nations conference on sustainable development, the High-Level Political Forum. We were there to highlight how corruption obstructs development and report on how effectively countries are tackling this issue.
New on Voices for Transparency
The REDD+ deforestation programme was launched by the UN in 2016. Unfortunately, such programmes are often vulnerable to corruption – here’s how it could be prevented, and how civil society monitoring can contribute to that.
As national governments begin implementing the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, we have designed a unique global initiative aiming at monitoring the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 16 around the world.
The 5th OGP Global Summit took place in Georgia, and with it came some valuable opportunities to advocate for anti-corruption reform throughout the world.
Registration is now open for the upcoming International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC), which will take place from 22-24 October in Copenhagen, Denmark.
We are delighted to offer discounted Early Bird rates until 10 September 2018. Participation is limited – so secure yours and register as soon as possible!
Fair Play is a global competition for original songs by young bands (ages between 18 to 35). Bands are invited to submit their anti-corruption music videos online until 1 August 2018. They must be related to the theme of corruption.
Two bands will be selected to perform in Copenhagen, Denmark at the Fair Play live concert that will take place on 23 October 2018 at the International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC)!
Source: Transparency International
The more successful we are in our work, the more prone certain governments are to restrict the space for civil society and investigative journalists. The work for transparency is also the work for democracy, rule of law, respect of people’s freedoms, and access to information.