Power said at the time President Obama often brings the subject up, spontaneously, with foreign leaders and described the OGP as "President Obama’s signature governance initiative."
I wondered if the Australian Embassy in Washington had twigged to this at a time when the issue of Australian membership of the OGP had disappeared off the radar and whether what Power had to say cut much ice in Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra.
Power is now the nominee for US Ambassador to the UN. Global Integrity describes Power as an architect of the OGP
A briefing note including some discussion points for the Australian Mission to the UN about our thoughts on the OGP now we have decided to join might be helpful when paths cross?
To quote Attorney General Dreyfus on the international dimension:
”Australia shares the values of the Open Government Partnership and we have a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with other nations in the partnership,” Mr Dreyfus said.In Senate Estimates on 6 June Senator Faulkner asked DFAT about the OGP. They hardly sounded full bottle but the good news is that the department is "very supportive of the OGP."
“We believe that greater openness and accountability in government promotes public participation in government processes and leads to better informed decision-making.
The Open Government Partnership provides an international forum for countries, civil society and the private sector to stand together to address the challenges of governance in the 21st century.....
“Membership of the Open Government Partnership will complement Australia’s leadership internationally in promoting democracy, transparency and good governance,” Mr Dreyfus said. “It will also assist Australia to spread the values of transparency and accountability in our region.”
The Hansard extract follows:
Senator FAULKNER: I want to follow up on an issue I raised at the last estimates round, which is the issue of Australia's involvement in the Open Government Partnership. Since that estimates round, I am very pleased to see that Australia has launched its letter of intent. I have been informed at other estimates committees last week that the Prime Minister has determined that the Attorney-General should be the lead minister on this matter and the Attorney-General's Department the lead agency. So that is understood, and I have certainly appreciated the fact that witnesses at the table for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade were seen to be the most informed and forthcoming in the last estimates round, which is a positive thing. It is always good isn't it, Mr Varghese, to be able to say something positive at estimates? I learnt more about this from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade than from other departments.