We acknowledge that people all around the world are demanding more openness in government. They are calling for greater civic participation in public affairs, and seeking ways to make their governments more transparent, responsive, accountable, and effective.
We recognize that countries are at different stages in their efforts to promote openness in government, and that each of us pursues an approach consistent with our national priorities and circumstances and the aspirations of our citizens.
We accept responsibility for seizing this moment to strengthen our commitments to promote transparency, fight corruption, empower citizens, and harness the power of new technologies to make government more effective and accountable.
We uphold the value of openness in our engagement with citizens to improve services, manage public resources, promote innovation, and create safer communities. We embrace principles of transparency and open government with a view toward achieving greater prosperity, well-being, and human dignity in our own countries and in an increasingly interconnected world.
Last month, eight governments founded the Open Government Partnership and endorsed the Open Government Declaration, the preamble of which is presented above. The Partnership aims to ‘secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption and harness new technologies to strengthen governance’. At the moment, the Partnership is still in its infancy and only time will tell whether it is able to achieve the noble ideals it has set itself. But with eight countries already on board and a further 38 pledging to join, it is very much a step in the right direction.