Call to Innovators: Apply To Present at G-8 Conference on Open Data for Agriculture

Women pluck rice grass from a nursery to plant on plots in Ahero, Kenya on Nov. 13, 2009. [AP File Photo]

About the Authors: Catherine Woteki serves as Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics and Chief Scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Nick Sinai serves as the U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer.

In an exciting opportunity, the G-8 is inviting innovators to apply to present ideas that demonstrate how open data can be unleashed to increase food security at the G-8 International Conference on Open Data for Agriculture on April 29-30, 2013 in Washington, D.C.

Open data is being used by innovators and entrepreneurs around the world to accelerate development, whether it be tracking election transparency in Kenya or providing essential information to rural farmers in Uganda. The G-8 conference will convene policy makers, thought leaders, food security stakeholders, and data experts to discuss the role of public, agriculturally-relevant… more »

International Anticorruption Day

Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
December 9, 2012


Today we recognize International Anticorruption Day and honor the tireless efforts of activists, businesses, government officials, and international organizations to combat corruption and promote open and transparent government.

While much work remains, 2012 was a successful year in the global fight against corruption. Since its inception last year, the Open Government Partnership has grown sevenfold and now includes 58 countries representing a quarter of the world’s population, encouraging greater access to information, citizen engagement, and fiscal transparency. The United States and the world’s largest economies have been leading by example, as the G20 created an ambitious anticorruption action plan for the next two years and adopted principles to keep corrupt officials away from our borders. Under the U.S. presidency, the G8 joined regional partners to convene the first Arab Forum on Asset Recovery in order to help identify and recover proceeds of corruption stowed abroad.

The United States is committed to preventing corruption and the destructive impact it has on communities around the globe. With our partners, we are working to promote legal regimes that prosecute corrupt actors, recover the proceeds of corruption and other illicitly acquired assets, and fight other crimes such as money laundering. The United States is proud to be a partner in the global fight to combat corruption and applauds all those working to sustain transparent, open societies around the world. 

Celebrating Open Government Progress

Under Secretary of State Maria Otero delivers remarks at the Open Government Partnership anniversary event on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, September 26, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain

About the Author: Maria Otero serves as the Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights.

When President Barack Obama helped launch the Open Government Partnership (OGP) last year, no one could have predicted that it would capture the imagination of the international community as it has. In just one year, 57 governments have joined OGP and made more than 300 specific commitments to be more open and responsive to their citizens. These commitments, as contained in National OGP Action Plans, will impact nearly two billion people around the world.

This is truly impressive progress, but it’s not enough. And so, as we celebrate International Right to Know Day, we also celebrate the deepening commitment to open government — both globally and within the United States. As the U.S. Government…more »

Photo of the Week: Advancing the Era of Open

A staff member captures photos of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as she addresses the staff and families of the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia, Brazil, on April 16, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Hannah Johnson serves as DipNote’s Assistant Editor.

This week’s “Photo of the Week” comes to us from U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s recent trip to Brasilia, Brazil. A staff member captured a photo of Secretary Clinton as she prepared to address the staff and families of the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia on April 16, 2012.

While in Brazil, Secretary Clinton delivered remarks at the opening session of the Open Government Partnership. Secretary Clinton said, “In the 21st century, the United States is convinced that one of the most significant divisions among nations will not be north/south, east/west, religious, or any other category so much as whether they are open or closed societies. We believe that countries with open governments,… more »

Era of Open: An Opportunity and Imperative

Maria Otero, U.S. Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights, speaks at the 19th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland March 2, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Maria Otero serves as Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights. On behalf of the United States, she is the founding co-chair of the Open Government Partnership.

Good governance means more than regular elections. It also means active citizens; a free press; an independent judiciary and legislature; and transparent and responsive institutions that are accountable to all citizens and protect their rights equally and fairly. The Open Government Partnership (OGP) hews closely to these principles. It is, at its core, about the relationship between a government and its citizens — a relationship that is defined by mutual responsibility and facilitated by dialogue.

Undeniably, technology and access are changing the relationship between a government and its people. Communication networks are enabling citizens to exercise their human rights and fundamental freedoms, participate in the democratic process, and organize social movements that alter the… more »

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota of Brazil deliver remarks at the Open Government Partnership High-Level Meeting in Washington, D.C., July 12, 2011.

Secretary Clinton To Announce Open Government Partnership

Live: Open Government Partnership, July 12, 2011. [State Dept. image/ Public Domain]

Join Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as she hosts a day-long high-level meeting to announce the Open Government Partnership at the Department of State on July 12, 2011. You can watch the Secretary delivers remarks with Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota at the Opening Session on www.state.gov and DipNote at 8:30 a.m. (EDT). 

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a new international initiative aimed at securing concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, increase civic participation, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to make government more open, effective, and accountable. A multi-stakeholder International Steering Committee, co-chaired by the United States and Brazil in… more »

Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs Maria Otero holds a discussion with Warren Krafchik, Director of the International Budget Partnership (IBP), on the Open Government Partnership for a “Conversations with America” webcast, at the Department of State, July 7, 2011.

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a new international initiative aimed at securing concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, increase civic participation, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to make government more open, effective, and accountable. A multi-stakeholder International Steering Committee, co-chaired by the United States and Brazil in its inaugural year, is comprised of government and civil society representatives from around the world.

Secretary Clinton and Brazilian Foreign Minister To Launch Open Government Partnership on July 12

Media Note

 Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC
July 7, 2011

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota will announce the Open Government Partnership (OGP) at a high-level meeting of governments and civil society at the Department of State on July 12, 2011. The Open Government Partnership 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 will be overseen by a steering committee that includes a diverse coalition of governments and civil society organizations and will be co-chaired by Brazil and the United States in its inaugural year.

Last September at the United Nations General Assembly, President Obama challenged countries to embrace open government saying, “When we gather back here next year, we should bring specific commitments to promote transparency; to fight corruption; to energize civic engagement; and to leverage new technologies so that we strengthen the foundation of freedom in our own countries, while living up to ideals that can light the world.” OGP aims to do that by engaging a large and diverse group of countries in a fresh conversation about governance challenges.

The July 12 event will convene government and civil society representatives to discuss best practices through interactive panels, issue framing sessions, and idea sprints. Another feature, “Innovation Alley,” will demonstrate technologies and other tools and methodologies available from private and non-profit companies and organizations that enhance open government. Representatives from over 50 countries and more than 40 civil society organizations are expected at the day-long event.

This event will set the stage for the formal launch of the Open Government Partnership in September 2011, when the governments on the steering committee will embrace an Open Government Declaration, announce their country action plans to promote OGP principles, and welcome the commitment of additional countries to join the Partnership.

Join a Conversation on Open Government Partnership

Live: Open Government Partnership [State Dept. Photo]

On Thursday, July 7, 2011, Maria Otero, Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs, will hold a conversation with Warren Krafchik, Director of the International Budget Partnership (IBP), on “Open Government Partnership.” The discussion will be moderated by Cheryl Benton, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, and streamed live at 10:30 a.m. EDT on www.state.gov and DipNote, the Department of State’s official blog. You are invited to participate by submitting questions, some of which will be selected for response during the live broadcast. Submit your questions now on DipNote.

Through “Conversations… more »