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September 2019 
To Protect Democracy We Must Catalyze New Partnerships

By Annabel Lee Hogg, The B Team 

On World Democracy Day, Annabel Lee Hogg reflects on the strides OGP members have taken to enhance civic space, the challenges they still face, and what we can do to ensure all citizens have a safe space to voice their needs. Read more here.

At UNGA we’ll be publishing a paper on access to justice, the first of three in a series on justice, to complement the OGP Global Report. Keep an eye out on OGP’s social media and website for the release.
Synergies Between the Escazú Agreement and Open Government to Strengthen Environmental Democracy in the Americas

By Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary of the UN’s Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)

OGP Ambassador and the head of ECLAC tells us the role the open government community can play to strengthen access to information, public participation, and access to justice around environmental issues through the Escazú Agreement. Read more here.

Tackling the Slow Progress of SDGs Implementation

By Giorgi Kldiashvili, Executive Director, Institute for Development of Freedom of Information and OGP Steering Committee Member

At this year’s United Nations General Assembly, many stakeholders will discuss the progress of the Sustainable Development Goals. Learn how Georgia is leveraging OGP to advance the implementation of the SDGs nationally here.

Faces of Open Gov
Minister Suzana Pribilović

Minister of Public Administration, Montenegro

Minister Pribilović has led efforts to reactivate the OGP process in her country of Montenegro and is now co-hosting an OGP regional event, the Western Balkans Peer Exchange, with the Government of North Macedonia and ReSPA in October. In this short interview, she reflects about the importance of citizen participation in open government processes and the many ways her government is using OGP to advance open government reforms.
Employment Opportunities

Senior Program Officer, Americas
OGP is looking for a Senior Program Officer to support civil society, governments and other key actors across the Americas region in the development and implementation of high quality, relevant and ambitious OGP action plans. Priority consideration will be given to candidates with the ability to start by November 25, 2019. Learn more here.

Contracts and Accounting Officer
OGP is looking for a Contracts and Accounting Officer to ensure OGP’s compliance with all aspects of the procurement processes for awarded contracts and outgoing grants and the financial terms and conditions of grants received by OGP. The position is based in Washington, D.C. Apply by September 26, 2019 to be considered. Learn more here.

Call for IRM National Researchers
The Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) is seeking individuals to carry out research in a variety of countries to assess government progress on implementation of their OGP action plans. Learn more here.

In a few weeks, we'll be hosting a civic space webinar with speakers from across the open government community. We'll announce on social media and update this page when we have the speakers and date finalized. Keep an eye out!

Buzz on #OpenGov

- Our latest publication on implementing SDG16+ through OGP is now available in Spanish. Help us spread the word at UNGA!

- Based in Washington D.C.? Join us for a closer look at the OGP Global Report and how to make the data meaningful to your government or organization. Register here.

- Next month, government representatives and civil society leaders from the Western Balkans region will come together to exchange experiences and practical solutions for advancing open government in the region. OGP, ReSPA, and the Governments of North Macedonia and Montenegro will be hosting the working level meeting, plus two sessions open to the public for InfoFest



The World of #OpenGov

- We celebrated World Water Week with the launch of the Community of Practice on Water and Open Government, a forum of water and open government experts led by OGP, SIWI, WIN, and WRI. Learn more here.

- Curious about the concept of diagonal accountability and its relationship with open government? Read the latest research from the V-Dem Institute here.

- Join Apolitical’s online workshop on storytelling and learn how you can take complex data and turn it into a compelling story on Wednesday September 18. Learn more here.  

- The Open Data Institute Summit will be November 12, 2019 in London. The event will bring together governments, businesses and civil society organizations to discuss critical issues around data and its role and impact. Register here.

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