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Sunshine Week


Bureau of Information Resource Management
March 12, 2012

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Sunshine Week is a national initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. Participants include news media, civic groups, libraries, nonprofits, schools and others interested in the public's right to know. Though created by journalists, Sunshine Week is about the public's right to know what its government is doing, and why.

The Department of State fully participates in the Open Government initiative and is one of the charter members in the international Open Government Partnership (OGP). The OGP is a new multilateral initiative that aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. In the spirit of multi-stakeholder collaboration, OGP is overseen by a steering committee of governments and civil society organizations. The Open Government Partnership formally launched on September 20, 2011, when the 8 founding governments (Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Norway, Philippines, South Africa, United Kingdom, and United States) endorsed an Open Government Declaration, and announced their country’s National Action Plans. 53 countries have now joined OGP under US and Brazil leadership, and we are preparing for a major Heads of State summit in April in Brasilia.

A fact sheet, The Open Government Partnership, describes the launch of the OGP in the United States. The National Action Plan describes 26 new initiatives that will open government to increase public integrity, manage public resources more effectively, and improve public services.

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