Leading transparency campaigners welcome UN development report

emmi May 31, 2013
Press Release

Leading transparency and access to information campaigners including CAFOD, Global Witness, Integrity Action and Publish What You Fund, today welcomed a new UN report as driving progress towards enhanced citizen accountability around the world. The report by the High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on Post-2015 Development Agenda calls for a ‘data revolution’, proposes a goal to ‘Ensure Good Governance and Effective Institutions’ and puts transparency, accountability and people’s participation at the heart of the new framework.

The recommendations are a dramatic shift from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which expire at the end of 2015. The focus on improved data and measurable goals will mean, for the first time, that policymakers and citizens will be able to track progress of the new goals, monitor the delivery of services and hold their governments accountable for their actions. Better access to information will reduce corruption, improve decision-making and allocation of resources, empower citizens and support good governance: all prerequisites for successful poverty reduction.

The Panel, which is co-chaired by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, and Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom, will now work with the UN Secretary General and the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development to refine the proposals.

Judith Randel from Development Initiatives said: “The absence of transparency, accountability and participation as explicit aims within the current Millennium Development Goals is part of the reason why not all of them will be achieved. We are glad the panel has learnt the lessons from the past and very much hope their proposals will be adopted by governments and institutions around the world.”

Graham Gordon from CAFOD said: “For the post-2015 development agenda to make real difference in the lives of people in poverty, access to information, access to justice, and enabling people to affect decisions that shape their lives are essential building blocks. The Panel is right to acknowledge these important elements in their report. Ensuring they remain a priority over the next two and a half years is crucial.”

Warren Krafchik from the International Budget Partnership said: “An emphasis on fiscal transparency and participation in the post-2015 goals would allow citizens and other stakeholders to monitor whether or not those governments are investing sufficient resources in the right places to achieve the goals and whether all the resources actually reach intended beneficiaries.”

Ingrid Parent, President of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), said “IFLA welcomes the report’s focus on transparency and accountability and hopes to see governments around the world implement the reports proposals as soon as possible. Libraries stand ready to act as key partners as we seek to increase access to information for all in the post-2015 development agenda.”

Marinke van Riet, International Director at Publish What You Pay said: “The extractive industry has the potential to bring prosperity and opportunity to countries, provided the resources and revenues are managed in a transparent and accountable manner.  We therefore welcome the High Level Panel’s proposals to put transparency and accountability at the heart of the new development framework. This will empower citizens to demand a fair deal for their resources and to follow the money.”