Launch of the Open Government
Partnership in New York
(Photo: Inesc)

Sources: Transparency InternationalFinancial Task ForceHumanRights.govInesc

A group of government and civil society organizations from all over the planet, among them the Instituto de Estudos Socioeconômicos (Inesc, focal point of Social Watch in Brazil), launched this Wednesday in New York the Open Government Partnership (OGP), a multilateral initiative that aims to promote transparency, fight corruption, strengthen accountability and empower citizens.

The official line is that Mexico is solidly on tract to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015. However, while there has been progress in health and education and a reduction in extreme poverty, many problems still remain, including serious inequalities across different regions of the country. In Mexico City, for example, has development rates comparable with some countries in Europe, but there are states in the south with indicators more like those of the poorest parts of the world. A study of how resources are applied shows that Mexico needs competent public management in public expenditure that is geared to the real priorities.
Yahali David Bueno

Informe de Organizaciones de la Sociedad Civil sobre la situación de los Derechos Económicos, Sociales, Culturales y Ambientales en México (1997-2006)

Presentado ante el Comité de Derechos Económicos, Sociales y Culturales de las Naciones Unidas en su 36º período de sesiones por organizaciones civiles, sociales y redes mexicanas

Problems such as increasing poverty, the breakdown of the agricultural sector, insufficient employment and the decline of GDP already existed in Mexico before the current crisis hit. The minor adjustments the Government is announcing only reinforce the neo-liberal economic model, and social unrest is on the rise. However, there are a number of civil society proposals that call for alternative strategies to confront the manifold crises, to minimize impacts and revise the economic model.
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