Washington: US President Barack Obama and his Brazilian counterpart, Dilma Rousseff, would co-chair a meeting in New York to launch an open government partnership, with the objective to make governance more accountable to citizens, more transparent and to root out corruption.

India is not part of this eight-member among other includes Indonesia, Mexico, South Africa, Norway, the Philippines and Britain.

"Last year at the UN, the President called for countries to come back the following year and make commitments on behalf of open government, which is how do you use open government to  make governance more accountable to citizens, more transparent, to root out corruption," said Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications.

"So what's happened is a very unique and kind of unprecedented effort where the US has worked with countries around the world to put together a coalition of governments who are making concrete commitments," Rhodes told reporters travelling with the US President to New York.

In addition to those eight countries, each of whom will make remarks at the event, the US anticipate over 40 countries coming to this meeting and committing to join the open government partnership process.

"So this was a new initiative led by the US that goes well beyond traditional democracies that we’ve partnered with on these issues. We believe it sends a powerful message about the broadening sphere of responsibility and democracy promotion,” Rhodes said.

(Agencies)