By Enrique Peña Nieto.
This week, within the framework of the United Nations General Assembly, we celebrate the five years of the Open Government Partnership (OGP). This international coalition has reinvented the way we govern by recognizing the importance of establishing a new relationship with citizens based on collaboration.
In recent years, the Partnership has grown from eight to 70 countries and has promoted a true transformation of governments, through the implementation of Action Plans based on transparency, accountability, citizen participation and innovation.
Mexico became the first country to meet 100% of the commitments of a Plan of Action. Moreover, as OGP chair from 2014 to 2015, we worked to make open government become an enabler of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the 2030 Agenda. To this end, we promoted the Joint Declaration on Open Government and the SDG, which has now been adopted by more than 50 countries and 90 civil society organizations.
Moreover, in Mexico, we have taken open government far beyond Action Plans, making lasting changes that have been made possible through collaboration with civil society. This is a reflection of the fact that our country has an increasingly critical, participatory and demanding society. The way forward is therefore clear and is called open government.
To advance along this path, Mexico has two new institutional pillars: the National Transparency System and the National Anticorruption System. These pillars represent the greatest structural transformation in our history, in favor of honesty, integrity and accountability in public service.
The National System of Transparency fulfils the constitutional mandate that guarantees citizens’ right to public information on any government authority, the three branches of government and institutions that receive public funds, including political parties and unions.
For its part, as a result of the National Anticorruption System, which will be chaired by a citizen, international best practices have been adopted to prevent, detect and eradicate corruption, with an integral approach.
Through the implementation of both systems, Mexico has taken a decisive step toward rebuilding public confidence in its authorities and institutions.
Added to these developments are the policies and tools we have developed in the Open Government Partnership such as the Open Contracting Data Standard, the Open Mexico Network and the principles of fiscal transparency and extractive industries, which also contribute to the fight against corruption.
Mexico is experiencing a time of change. It is essential to understand that open government is a new reality that must be promoted creatively, with concrete actions and joint work between civil society and government.
Text published by El Pais.