Chair of the EITI, Clare Short, and the Head of the EITI International Secretariat, Jonas Moberg, are in New York and Washington DC this week for the United Nations 66th General Assembly and the Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and IMF. They will meet with senior officials from the UN, the World Bank, the US Government, as well as leaders from civil society organisations and other governments.
Today, 20 September, the Open Government Partnership (OGP) will formally launch with a series of high-level meetings. The OGP is a 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 same spirit as the multi-stakeholder collaboration within the EITI, the OGP is overseen by a steering committee of eight governments and nine civil society organisations.
On 21 September, Clare Short and Jonas Moberg will be in Washington DC and meet with leaders at the World Bank and of the Natural Resource Charter.
Prior to the visit Ms Short said: “Shining the light on the payments to the governments and government's record of receipts is a first step in trying to ensure that resources benefit all the citizens in resource-rich countries." Clare Short and Jonas Moberg expect the visit to provide important opportunities to position the EITI firmly in the centre of global policy discussions.
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