UN DESA organised the International Meeting on “Achieving Greater Transparency in Legislatures through the Use of Open Documents Standards”.
The meeting, held on 27-29 February in Washington D.C. through the Division of Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM)’s Global Center for ICT in Parliament and the United States House of Representatives, provided an excellent opportunity to advance policy dialogue and technical exchanges among the 16 Parliaments represented to further develop cooperation to take advantage of available knowledge, tools and best practices in open documents standards. During this session, a strong convergence was highlighted between the promotion of transparency, parliamentary democracy, participation, and the use of information and communication technologies, including the use of open document standard.
This discussion showed that there is a need to identify a series of internationally-agreed criteria and benchmarks for assessing the contribution of the use of open document standards to the values of a democratic parliament: representation, transparency, accessibility, accountability and effectiveness. These benchmarks should guide parliaments in their implementation of open document standards as well as help them determine the degree of their success in advancing both their efficiency objectives and overall transparency goals.
The international meeting’s website