Do you believe justice must be at the heart of open government?
Right now, the Open Government Partnership is hosting the fourth OGP Summit in Paris. Even if you are not in Paris you can shape the outcome of this Summit. The Government of France, along with the OGP Steering Committee and Support Unit, is encouraging governments and civil society organizations to sign up to collective actions that will further the open government agenda in their countries and around the world. A new commitment on access to justice has been proposed and you can pledge support and share your own experience here.
The Declaration is a major opportunity for national and subnational governments and civil society organizations to showcase and advance their work, and commit to support peers with practical tools and expertise to implement open government reforms. (Member countries of OGP listed here). Already the United States, Canada and Argentina have signed up as well as a number of civil society organsations.
The hope is that partners joining will accelerate implementation of the 2030 Agenda and SDG Goal 16 through sharing best practices on data collection and measurement on access to justice that can strengthen the justice sector and lay the foundation for wider collaboration on the use of open government to support the rule of law and access to justice. This responds to the call to “Ensure equal access to justice for all,” in Target 16.3 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and will require access to reliable data and the ability to measure the impact of justice interventions by governments and civil society on various populations over time as well as OGP’s Joint Declaration on Open Government for the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
More information about the process to sign on can be found here.