Dear Civil Society Leaders, Colleagues,Donors and Governments,

 

Good morning and welcome to Bali!

Every day, all over the world, ordinary people bear the cost of corruption. From birth until death. In Zimbabwe, women giving birth in a local hospital have been charged US$5 every time they scream as a penalty for raising falsealarm. In Bangladesh, the recent collapse of a multistory factory has been linked to allegations of corruption. More than 1,100 people died to a breach of basic safety standards.

The latest Global Corruption Barometer in 2013 clearly find out that corruption is still a very real burden, with more than 1 out of 4 respondents reporting having paid a bribe to obtain public services.

This means suffering for people:

  • When they cannot afford to pay bribe, they might be prevented from buying a home, starting a business, or accessing basic services.
    • It can also mean trade-offs are made between health and hunger, even life and die.
  • When there is a widespread belief that corruption prevails and the powerful are able to get away with it, people lose faith to the parliament, police, judiciary, political parties, or civil servants.
    • When this happens, it will affects public trust in democracy and humanity.

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With the Open Government Partnership we see a new hope. We see the revival of spirit of openness as precondition to improve people’s lives. We see commitments from governments to improve transparency, participation and accountability. There comes our willingness to collaborate and become partners.

Since we’ve been talking about transparency and openness, we encourage you to ask everything to Indonesian, to us. That also includes the most frequent impression, “I had a great time in Bali and where is Indonesia?” Well I’m honored to answer the question “Bali is a part of Indonesia.” 

Speaking of transparency and openness so I believe we all are here being truth to our spouse/ wife/ husband that we are having conference instead of holiday. You might give the evidence by sending pictures. Of course not a picture of yourself in bungee jumping or banana boat.

The heart of this openness is a meaningful partnership. Without it, legitimacy and support to governments will be useless.

Yet I still see challenges ahead:

  1. Countries that have no particular focus to address the real problem statements of the country. Civil society need to push a grand strategy that position OGP as key initiative and accelerate reform that in turn, improve people lives.
  2. Implementation is the key.Where many governments are still struggling to deliver, civil society need to control the process and independently evaluate the result.
  3. As civil society need to be more proactive and organized. Working in the driver seat rather than reactive to the agenda, actions and standard set by the governments.

Today we all, the civil society actors, get together to consolidate and to have a concrete recommendation to the OGP Chair, steering committee and country governments. We are going to discuss 3 key issues during the day:

1) the promotion and protection of civic space,

2) governance in post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals,  and

3) internal mechanism/compliance of members to OGP values

There 179 participants that confirmed to the CSO Day Organizing Committee. 72 from abroad and the rest from Indonesia. In addition there are 13 colleagues are not able to make it to the event and convey warmer regards to us. 

My gratitude to fellow Organizers Committee, from the Open Government Indonesia Core Team and OGP Independent Monitoring Group. I also thank all the donors and the government of Indonesia to the support to make this happen.

On behalf of the Organizing Committee, I thank you all for you r investment in time and effort. Again, welcome to the 1st CSO Day Asia Pacific and OGP Regional Conference in Bali.

 

Terimakasih, thank you …