Earlier this summer, the UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub and OGP launched a call for information on open government initiatives that are contributing to or have the potential to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Asia-Pacific region.
The call was developed in response to major milestones that have been achieved in the last year. In September 2015, all 193 UN member countries endorsed the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the UN General Assembly. More than 50 OGP countries have since endorsed the Joint Declaration on Open Government for the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, committing to use OGP infrastructure and National Action Plans to help achieve the SDGs.
With this as the background, the idea behind launching the call was simple: to find practical examples of open governance supporting the SDGs, that have already been or are being tested on the ground with signs of positive results, and share them so that others can take inspiration from and learn from these examples.