Open government is founded on accountability, integrity, transparency and inclusive participation. It has a positive social and economic impact, contributes to good governance and is fundamental to sustainable development.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development vision of "no one left behind" identifies the full and effective social, economic and political participation of every person as a key development outcome. Open government is thus a catalyst for realizing the Sustainable Development Goals, especially Goal 16 on "Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions". It is crucial for advancing access to information, which builds trust and cooperation between governments and citizens.
ESCWA is supporting Arab governments in their transformations towards open government by showing the advantages of open government and demonstrating its impact on economic and social development.
This portal on "Open Government in the Arab Region" includes:
- Resources and research from the United Nations and its Entities related to open government;
- Toolkits developed to aid the implementation of initiatives and further the development of open government in the Arab region;
- Country-level information and case studies showcasing the achievements of Arab countries.