OECD Observatory of Civic Space will measure access, recommend steps to safeguard public role in policy
The OECD unveiled at the Paris Peace Forum today a new Observatory of Civic Space, an initiative to support countries in promoting and protecting an environment that enables citizens and civil society organisations to engage meaningfully with their governments – and with each other.
The Observatory will collect data on the most effective legal, policy and implementation frameworks for civic space, act as a knowledge-sharing platform among practitioners, help develop international standards and support governments that wish to align their policies to them.
“Incorporating the ideas and opinions of stakeholders is essential to effective policymaking. Citizens around the world are demanding to have their say – and governments are responsible to protect, promote and reinforce the civic space in which their voices can be heard,” said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría. “Everyone should have the right and the possibility to express themselves, to organise, and to mobilise.”
The Observatory builds on almost two decades of OECD work on open government, supporting governance cultures based on transparency, integrity, accountability and stakeholder participation. The OECD Recommendation on Open Government recognises the promotion and protection of civic space, as well as stakeholder participation initiatives, as essential to effective and efficient open government policies.
Activities and deliverables of the OECD Observatory of Civic Space will include:
For further information, journalists are invited to contact Carol Guthrie in the OECD Media Office (+33 1 45 24 97 00). Stakeholders wishing to engage with the Observatory’s work are encouraged to contact Ciara Muller in the OECD Observatory of Civic Space team (+33 1 45 24 91 25).
Working with over 100 countries, the OECD is a global policy forum that promotes policies to improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.