Citizen Action, Responsive Government


Open Government Partnership High-level Event: Citizen Action, Responsive Government

Remarks by OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría

New York, 24 September 2014

(As prepared for delivery)


Dear Presidents, dear Prime Ministers, distinguished colleagues,


Our citizens’ expectations have never been higher.

We are still dealing with the legacies of the crisis: slow growth, high unemployment, growing inequality and a dramatic erosion of trust in goverments’ capacity to deliver shared prosperity and inclusive societies.So, restoring trust through Open Government has never been more important.

I commend Indonesia, under the leadership of President Yudhoyono, for focusing its OGP Chairmanship on “the role of civic participation in improving government responsiveness, effectiveness, and accountability”. That is the big challenge.


As Indonesia passes the baton of leadership to Mexico as lead government Chair, we can reflect on three years of significant progress since the OGP’s inception in 2011. And we look forward to reaching the next level under the helm of President Peña Nieto – Mexico’s reformer-in-chief!

For its part, the OECD has been working on Open Government issues for 15 years, but our participation in this unique Partnership has given our work new impetus:

  • Through the OECD Open Government Reviews, we assist countries wishing to join the OGP and support the implementation of public sector reforms through tailored country action plans for Tunisia, Morocco, Jordan, Lybia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Peru, Myanmar and Indonesia.
  • Recognising the critical role of new technologies in promoting civic participation, we recently adopted the Recommendation on Digital Government Strategies and launched the Open Data Project to help countries exploit the huge potential in this area. We have conducted “Integrity Scans” which reviews policies to promote integrity, with the focus firmly on prevention.

Looking to the near horizon, next Tuesday (30 September 2014), the OECD will host an International Forum on Open Government to explore the links between open government policies, citizens' trust and inclusive and sustainable socio-economic development. We pledge to do our best so that Open Government becomes more than an event, or a series of decisions, but a state of mind, a continuous process, and a way of life.

Thank you!


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