The 8 goals and 21 targets were proposed to address the world’s major challenges, such as reducing hunger, poverty, disease and gender inequality and improving environmental sustainability by 2015.
Since then, the world has made significant progress through this common framework for global action. Today, the next step is to define the new development goals to be met within the next 15 years to continue building a more prosperous, peaceful, just and inclusive world.
During the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the 193 member states convened at the Global Summit on Sustainable Development to adopt the Agenda 2030, an international plan of action with 17 new development goals designed to expand the original framework of the MDGs.
This global transformation effort for development requires promoting the principles of an Open Government to strengthen a transparent, participatory and collaborative partnership between different actors, from governments and citizens, to civil society and private sector organizations. The data revolution provides an unprecedented opportunity for technology to join the efforts underway to implement MDGs within a space of innovation and co-creation of collaborative solutions between open government and society.
Mexico is committed to promoting these Open Government principles to promote sustainable development through the consolidation of strong civic spaces, favoring dialogue and free access to timely, quality data.
These principles facilitate collaboration to generate innovation and evidence-based public policies that will contribute to the implementation and monitoring of the MDGs.
Mexico and Agenda 2030: commitments and progress for Sustainable Development
During the United Nations General Assembly, Mexico announced a series of efforts to promote the implementation of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. These efforts include:
1. The Joint Declaration and the Package of Commitments for Sustainable Development in the National Action Plans of the OGP:
The Open Government Partnership (OGP), consisting of 66 member countries, is a multilateral initiative in which governments and civil society participate to promote the implementation of the principles of open government (transparency, accountability, citizen participation and innovation) through action plans. The OGP Steering Committee, which Mexico currently chairs, guides the efforts and commitments made by its members.
Within the framework of the United Nations General Assembly, the 11 member countries of the OGP Executive Committee convened for the Joint Declaration, which recognizes the importance of open government for implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Joint Declaration seeks to highlight the importance of open government in Goal 16 of the new MDGs, focusing on promoting peaceful societies, facilitating access to justice, and creating effective, accountable and inclusive institutions. The Joint Declaration highlighted Goal 16 as being key to achieving the effective implementation of the Agenda 2030.
To implement and operationalize the Joint Declaration, a Package of Commitments for Sustainable Development was also announced as part of the OGP National Action Plans. This package of commitments promotes openness and transparency as enablers of sustainable development through Open Government. The commitments include the adoption of the International Charter of Open Data, the development of Data Road Maps for sustainable development, and the increase and improvement of civic space to design new policies to achieve the MDGs. Mexico will also promote adherence to this package of commitments during the upcoming Open Government Partnership Global Summit , scheduled to take place in Mexico on October 28 and 29, 2015.
2. Adoption of the International Open Data Charter:
The creation of the International Open Data Charter is the result of a set of collaborative efforts at the international level between governments, civil organizations and experts on the issue, which seeks to establish the basic principles for the coherent, coordinated use of Open Data around the world to support the measurement and implementation of the MDGs.
As Lead Steward of this document, Mexico is committed to promoting the adoption of the International Open Data Charter, which stipulates that data must be:
• Open by default.
• Timely and complete.
• Accessible and usable.
• Comparable and interoperable.
• To improve Governance and Citizen Participation.
• For Development and Inclusive Innovation.
The importance of the International Open Data Charter as a means for sustainable development has been recognized by leading players in the global arena. Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web and founding director of the Web Foundation, declared his support and promotion of this initiative, citing its potential to accelerate progress to help place actionable information in people’s hands.