Anchored in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and committed to the principles of universality, equality and leaving no one behind, the UNDP vision for the Strategic Plan 2018-2021 is to help countries achieve sustainable development by accelerating structural transformation.
Jazmín Aquino is actively participating in transformative processes aligned with the global development agenda and with local priorities in her native state of Oaxaca. Representing a network of youth organizations, the law graduate promotes open government commitments so that public resources can be used to map good practices of citizen engagement and transparency and accountability at the community level.
To ensure the sustainability of development processes, especially in high-middle-income countries like Mexico, it is necessary to address challenges at their structural causes and interconnections. This implies transforming the way in which problems and their solutions are addressed. And there’s no better way to do that than by engaging young people like Jazmín.
Structural transformations for sustainable development
We at UNDP Mexico are convinced that promoting a more equitable and inclusive society, where no one is left behind, begins at the local level. It is in this area that authorities and citizens share a common space and public problems, and it is also where the more immediate solutions are found.
Adapting the 2030 Agenda to specific local realities is a key challenge. In Mexico this meant an opportunity to generate consultation and participation opportunities to place citizens at the centre of public policies, to enable participation in the governmental decision-making process, to appropriate the "civic space", and to become active subjects within the development process.
Open government: From local thinking to sustainable development
One of our goals is to contribute to strengthening trust between citizens and government, at the local level, through action-oriented citizen participation, transparency and accountability, and co-creation. As a result, in partnership with the National Institute of Transparency, Access to Information and Protection of Personal Data (INAI) and three civil society organizations – GESOC (Social Management and Cooperation AC), ProSociedad and GobiernoFácil – UNDP Mexico implemented the Open Government Practices for Sustainable Development Goals project, with financial support from USAID.
The initiative has two closely linked objectives. One is to improve the quality of public policies, strengthening local opportunities for dialogue and co-creation of solutions to the principal challenges of communities. The other is to boost skills and empower local citizens—especially young women and men—to become tech-savvy, especially for open government and sustainable development purposes, through a fellowship training programme in local change focussing on 60 young women and men from 15 states.
New approach: SDGs bottom-up implementation
Although the project has been implemented for just over a year, results are becoming visible. Open government has proven to be a great means to support SDGs implementation with a bottom-up approach delivering interesting results.