The 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) vision of "no one left behind" identifies the full and effective social, economic and political participation of every person as a key development outcome. So it is crucial that everyone has the capabilities, enjoys equal opportunities, and that societies proactively create environments for inclusion and participation in decision-making. This contributes to informed, engaged and empowered citizens; it also fosters a sense of agency and enhances well-being.
Open government is founded on accountability, integrity, transparency and inclusive participation. It has positive social and economic impact, contributes to good governance and is fundamental for sustainable development. Open government is thus a catalyst for realizing the 2030 SDGs. Moreover, it is crucial in advancing access to information (ATI), which builds trust and cooperation between governments and citizens. ATI empowers citizens to seek, receive and impart information, enabling informed decisions.
Drawing on the standard-setting activities, research and capacity-building efforts of ESCWA, OECD, and UNESCO, the session will highlight the role of open solutions and participatory approaches in advancing inclusive knowledge societies.
The session is built around four 30 minute segments that will address selected thematic aspects of inclusion in the context of open government. The moderator of each segment will introduce the theme. Then, through interventions from up to two experts, related research findings, case studies, best practices, and emerging challenges, as well as standard setting, actions will be presented. Each segment will feature an interactive 15-minute dialogue with the audience.