INITIATES THE SEARCH FOR EXEMPLARY PUBLIC OFFICIALS IN SUSTAINABILITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
11 junio, 2020
The goal is to modify social behaviors and build, from trust, the necessary conditions to act from the public function with responsibility and accountability.
Mexico City, June 8, 2020 – Through a virtual press conference, the call for the first edition of Integrity Icon Sustainability in Mexico was officially opened this morning, in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The initiative aims to recognize and highlight the work of honest public servants working in sustainability and environmental sectors at the federal, state, and local levels.
Integrity Icon is a global campaign by Accountability Lab driven by citizens seeking honest government officials. Its goal is to generate a debate around the idea of integrity and demonstrate the importance of personal honesty and responsibility.
Eva Sander, Executive Director of Accountability Lab Mexico; Ernesto Herrera, General Director of Reforestamos México, and Eduardo Rolón, Executive Director of Causa Natura, participated to present the details of the call.
As of today, the nomination system is open, and anyone can nominate public servants whose work they consider worthy of recognition. The deadline for nominations is August 24. In the following phases and with the help of an expert panel, five finalists will be selected, taking into account factors such as behavior, values, and verifiable references of honest public action. Voting will take place from October 1 to 29, and the award ceremony will be on November 6, although it is still to be defined whether it will be in-person or online due to the ongoing health situation.
Eva Sander, Executive Director of Accountability Lab Mexico, emphasized that this recognition seeks to applaud responsible leadership. It is also a way to promote citizen participation, as citizens themselves will nominate the officials they believe should be recognized.
Regarding the profile of the public servant that will be considered among the nominations, she explained that it is essential that their work is linked to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Only those at the level of undersecretary or directors and below will be considered (those with elected positions will not qualify), as the idea is to highlight those who generally do not receive much attention.
Ernesto Herrera, General Director of Reforestamos México, pointed out that public servants play an important role in providing information, harmonizing policies, and taking into account the needs of the local population. He emphasized that “public institutions have to make an extra effort in these times of Covid and economic uncertainty to ensure transparency and access to information.”
Eduardo Rolón, Executive Director of Causa Natura, highlighted the need to recognize the positive side of officials who, even in the face of the health crisis we are experiencing due to Covid-19, seek to move things forward. They are working for the preservation of forests, oceans, and water care, promoting transparency, and accountability.
The goal of this initiative is to spark a public debate around the idea of integrity, to demonstrate the importance of honesty and personal responsibility in the exercise of public service. It also aims to modify social behaviors and build, from trust, the necessary conditions to act from the public function with responsibility and accountability.
About Accountability Lab Mexico
Accountability Lab Mexico makes governance work for people across the country by supporting active citizens, responsible leaders, and accountable institutions. The lab runs creative, participatory, and positive campaigns; designs integrity training and workshops; and works with communities to improve inclusion and service delivery. www.accountabilitylab.org
Integrity Icon has reported success in countries such as Nepal, Sri Lanka, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, South Africa, Pakistan, the United States, and Mexico.