Disclosure of National Reports and of monitoring and review reports

That there be introduced by the end of 2017 mandatory public disclosure of national reports and reviews or audits of those, to international bodies or to national bodies, regional and local government and government entitites.  This will include disclosure of observer reports (e.g. in fisheries, in the Antarctic), environmental and resource managment consent or standard compliance,  fisheries, minerals permit and concession review reports.   That there be mandatory reporting and publication of levels of monitoring, reporting, compliance and enforcement and actions taken (or not) against legal, regulatory, statutory or consent  critera and obligations.


Why the contribution is important

This is to enhance transparency, to deter non-compliance, to dimish any corruption, to improve the quality of government at all levels and the quality and diligence of the agencies, and to empower and inform the public.

by Wallacca1 on August 24, 2016 at 03:32PM

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  • Posted by JanRivers August 24, 2016 at 20:29

    Action of this kind was quite strongly supported by respondents to the ECO survey with 91% agreeing (71%) strongly that government be open to including progress reports on the Paris Climate Change agreement and UN Sustainable Development Goals as an open government initiative. A number of people made unprompted reference to other elements of compliance with UN norms and reporting on them when asked for suggestions on proposed actions.
  • Posted by engage2_Facilitator August 24, 2016 at 22:07

    Great idea - it has synergies with other actions that propose that all information related to a particular area is available in place / website. Would you want to see all the above information available in one place or would it make more sense for information related to say fisheries to be on the website of the relevant agency.
  • Posted by SMWarren August 26, 2016 at 08:29

    Requiring reports to be made public is an important step. I suggest that this be extended to government-contracted research/evaluation reports, and I also suggest that there be a time limit by when reports must be made public. There have been numerous examples of government-funded research reports that have been held up for several years while the relevant ministry and/or Minister requested changes and/or waited for a good time to release it. In at least one case (the final report on the very effective Te Kotahitanga programme which significantly lifted success for Maori students at secondary schools), a report was held back until after the programme was canned.
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