Open Letter to the OWG to Support Proposed Goal 16In Statement
6 June 2014
We are writing to urge you to speak out in support of proposed goal 16 at the Open Working Group as a matter of priority. This is an urgent and critical goal that must be at the heart of the Post-2015 framework if it is to be successful at creating sustainable, equitable and transformative development.
The inclusion of proposed goal 16 in the zero draft report reflects the support of a majority of OWG member states for a goal and accompanying targets that promote open, inclusive, accountable and effective governance. It also reflects the will of the millions of citizens from around the world who voted ‘an honest and responsive government’ as one of their top three priorities in the My World survey.
Progress in all sustainable development goals at all levels will be underpinned by capable and effective institutions and the rule of law; indeed, as the Secretary-General has pointed out, governance is both an outcome and an enabler of sustainable development.
We urge you to ensure that proposed goal 16 remains on the agenda for the rest of the OWG’s deliberations and features as a core part of the final report to the General Assembly. It is applicable to all countries, is measurable, respects country ownership and sovereignty, and will not impose any new forms of conditionality on aid from donor countries.
We look forward to continuing our engagement as civil society organizations in the OWG process to support the finalization of its report.
Managing Director, Global Financial Integrity
Head of Global Policy, Transparency International
Lead Analyst on Post-2015, Catholic Agency for Overseas Development
Head of Policy and Advocacy, Trocaire
Director, Publish What You Fund
CEO, Restless Development
Executive Director, Global Witness
Managing Director (Policy & Advocacy), Global Integrity
Director and UN Representative, Save the Children
Director, Human Rights in Economic Policy, Center for Economic and Social Rights
Deputy Executive Director, Article 19
Director, International Advocacy and Open Budget Initiative, International Budget Partnership
Nzovu Job Ruzage
Executive Director, Human Rights First Rwanda Association
Executive Director, Stakeholder Forum
Conflict and Security Adviser, Saferworld