A Regional Workshop on Open Government in the Arab Region will be held in Tunis on July 3-4, 2018 with ain to directly support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, especially Goal 16 “Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels”.
Under Goal 16, the development of effective, accountable and transparent institutions (16.6), responsive, inclusive participatory and representative decision-making (16.7), and public access to information is promoted (16.10), are all in-line with the purpose and objectives of open government.
The main objective of this workshop is to build the capacity of participants on open government,
specifically the four phased United Nations Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (ESCWA) framework with sessions on the different phases. The capacity building will provide participants with knowledge on options, tools and actions to develop and implementation open
government initiatives in the Arab region, especially related to open data and participation.
The workshop activities will be based on the draft capacity development material developed by ESCWA as well as the Commission’s study on an open government policy framework for Arab countries.
During the workshop selected regional and national initiatives will be showcased to stimulate the sharing
of knowledge and lessons learned.
The workshop will discuss openness and better governance, and its meaning for inclusive sustainable development in the Arab region; fostering open government in the region in the context of the four-phased ESCWA Open Government Framework; promoting transparency and accountability of government through open data;
increasing and reforming the participation of citizens in government for greater responsiveness and
accountability; and International and regional experiences as well as national case studies from the region and beyond.