In the run-up to September’s summit on the Millennium Development Goals, civil society and human rights groups urged governments to improve access to information on poverty reduction.
“We think that the 2010 summit happening in New York is an exceptional opportunity to take stock of the international community’s commitments on the Millennium Development Goals. And we believe very strongly that access to information and transparency are crucial to ensuring that the MDGs are achieved,” Sejal Parmar, senior legal officer for the group ARTICLE 19, was quoted by the Voice of America.
The groups Publish What You Fund, ARTICLE 19, Access Info, The Carter Center, CIVICUS, International Budget Partnership and Transparency International have sent a letter to United Nations ambassadors Carsten Staur and Paul Badji, who are tasked to coordinate the summit.
The organizations want to ensure that transparency is “well integrated” in the final version of the MDG summit’s outcome document. The move “will greatly assist in strengthening the legitimacy of the process and in achieving its outcomes: the realisation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015,” the groups said in the letter.