In that sense, 2015 marks a historic milestone, since the 193 Member States of the United Nations jointly adopted Agenda 2030. Through the definition of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), we will draw up a comprehensive program of action to achieve a more inclusive world over the next fifteen years.

The SDG will be adopted just when the new challenges require increased collaboration between multiple stakeholders to develop innovative solutions. For this reason, the new technologies and the vast amount of data available provide an effective platform for promoting a global transformation and consolidating closer, more collaborative and open governments.

Goal 16 seeks to promote fair, inclusive societies by ensuring access to public information, strengthening the rule of law and building stronger institutions committed to accountability. In doing so, we will contribute to successfully achieving the other objectives of Agenda 2030.

During the 70th United Nations General Assembly, 11 countries in the Steering Committee for the Open Government Partnership (OGP), together with civil society leaders, will meet to acknowledge Goal 16 as a common goal, through the Joint Statement: Open Government for the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Since the Global Partnership Summit will convene in Mexico City this year, on October 28 and 29, my government will call on the 65 members to sign this statement.

The SDGs will only be able to be achieved through more trustworthy, effective and inclusive institutions. That is why Mexico, as current president of the OGP has pledged to promote citizen participation, innovation in public policy, transparency and accountability.

Moreover, we have collaborated with a global community of key players in the field, to internationally develop the Open Data Charter (ODC), which establishes the basic principles for promoting greater consistency and the use of open data throughout the world.

We seek to recognize the value of having timely, complete, accessible and comparable information to have better governments and strengthen citizen participation and to promote inclusive development and innovation. As Lead Stewards of this initiative, we call on other governments to adopt these principles, in order to collaborate and monitor the design and development of public policies aimed at achieving the SDGs.

Mexico has pioneered the development of a comprehensive legal framework that incorporates open data into our legal system and supported its implementation through a presidential decree. In this spirit of openness, my country achieved a structural reform that grants full autonomy to the National Institute of Transparency, Access to Information and Personal Data Protection and builds the foundations for the creation of the National Transparency System, which includes states and municipalities.

Working together, governments and citizens will harness the new paradigm in open data for sustainable development. It is our responsibility to strengthen the public space, promote dialogue and facilitate access to quality information as essential elements for more just and inclusive societies.

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