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May 24, 2017
Open Parliament Network (OPN) Vice-Presidents attend the Global Legislative Openness Conference “Building Citizen Trust through Openness and Engagement” in Ukraine

On May 19-20, Senator Mauricio Lizcano (Colombia), President of the Senate and Vice-President of the OPN for South America, and Member of the Chamber of Deputies Marcela González Salas (Mexico), Vice-President of the OPN for North America participated in the Global Legislative Openness Conference “Building Citizen Trust through Openness and Engagement” in Kiev, Ukraine.

This event was hosted by the Verkhovna Rada (parliament of Ukraine), and was organized by the Legislative Openness Working Group of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) and the Open Parliament Initiative in Ukraine. It convene leading legislators, government officials, and civil society representatives to consider how legislative openness can strengthen public trust in representative institutions and build a responsive, 21st century legislature. In addition, the conference explored how parliaments can best leverage the OGP’s new legislative engagement policy to develop and implement legislative openness plans and commitments.

The OPN Vice-Presidents promoted the Road Map towards Legislative Transparency of ParlAmericas, which has served as a critical tool for the development of legislative openness action plans in the hemisphere. Senator Mauricio Lizcano also briefed participants on the legislative advances achieved in Colombia to build trust in the legislature as part of the “Lightning talk: country updates” session.