Sharing a common vision to create a world of effective and accountable governments, the Philippines and Norway will work together in the Open Government Partnership, launched today in New York.
The Open Government Partnership is a multilateral effort to make countries commit to the development of good governments. The initiative is being launched in New York today, and will be attended by the Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino as well as the Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg.
The initiative is being lead by a steering committee of eight countries, including Norway and the Philippines. The participation of our two countries in this initiative demonstrates a shared vision of a future where more governments are held accountable to its people.
Norway has been rated as one of the least corrupt countries in the world by Transparency International. While the Philippines still faces challenges to the effectiveness of government, the current administration of President Aquino has vowed to fight for a more transparent society without corruption.
The other six member states of the Open Government Partnership’s steering committee are Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, South Africa, United Kingdom and United States. Today, each of the committee members will be presenting an action plan on how to achieve a more open government in their country.
The launch of the Open Government Partnership will be streamed live at www.whitehouse.gov/live.