About the OPN

The ParlAmericas Open Parliament Network (OPN) promotes legislative openness through efforts to increase transparency and access to public information, strengthen the accountability of democratic institutions, promote the participation of citizens in legislative decision-making, and ensure a culture of ethical behaviour and probity in the national legislatures of the Americas and the Caribbean.

Since its integration in ParlAmericas in 2015, the Network (formerly known as Inter-American Parliamentary Network on Transparency, Access to Public Information, and Probity), provides workshops, facilitates peer to peer exchanges and produces tools for legislators with the ultimate objective of combating corruption, enhancing public trust and strengthening our democratic institutions, to build peaceful and inclusive societies that provide access to justice for all and boast of effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels, in support of Sustainable Development Goal 16. The outcomes of these activities also inform the development of specialized resources and online communities for parliamentarians.

The Network is governed by an elected Executive Committee, composed of the President (who also serves as 2nd Vice-President on ParlAmericas’ Board of Directors) and four sub-regional Vice-Presidents representing North, Central, and South America, and the Caribbean.

For further information on the Open Parliament Network please contact the ParlAmericas International Secretariat.


Open Parliament: a new form of interaction between citizens and legislative powers that promotes parliamentary openness and transparency, to ensure access to public information, accountability, citizen participation, and high probity and ethical standards in parliamentary work


The Road Map towards Legislative Openness provides a framework to help guide parliamentarians in producing their own national legislative openness action plans and/or initiatives. This document was co-created by parliamentarians and civil society organizations representing 20 countries of the Americas and the Caribbean and adopted at the 1st Gathering of the OPN in Asuncion, Paraguay in 2016. Commitments are organized under four pillars:

Transparency and Access to Information

Individuals’ fundamental human right to information that is of public interest through mechanisms for the disclosure of reliable information and compliance with requests for such information

Accountability

Public servants’ obligation to explain, provide justification for, and communicate their decisions and actions with respect to public resources

Citizen participation

Active involvement of citizens in public decision-making processes that may impact their lives

Ethics and probity

Norms of highest integrity that individuals should adhere to while serving as public servants


Executive Committee

Hernán Larrain
President
Senator, Chile

Marcela González Salas
Vice President - North America
Member of the Chamber of Deputies, Mexico

Karla Prendas
Vice President - Central America
Member of the Legislative Assembly, Costa Rica

Saphire Longmore
Vice President - Caribbean
Senator, Jamaica

Mauricio Lizcano
Vice President - South America
Senator, Colombia


Elections for the Executive Committee are held during the OPN’s gathering. For more information about the governance of the Executive Committee, please read our statutes.