The governments and civil society of Costa Rica and Mexico are pleased to announce that the Open Government Partnership Regional Meeting for the Americas will take place in San José, Costa Rica on 18-19 November 2014 preceded by a Civil Society Day (unconference), which will take place on November 17.
The Open Government Partnership currently includes 17 participant countries from the Americas region that are committed to making open government reforms in close coordination with civil society. These governments, and others that are not yet part of OGP, have implemented reforms to further strengthen transparency, citizen participation, collaboration and accountability in their countries. The Regional Meeting will serve as a space to highlight good practices and successful initiatives, discuss the challenges faced, and establish support and peer exchange regional mechanisms.
All open government reformers champions in the region are welcome to attend the event, including: official delegates from Americas countries currently participating or considering future participation in OGP, public servants from all levels of government, representatives of civil society and non-governmental organizations, representatives of international, regional and multilateral agencies, the business sector, and the academic community. The event is free to attend, but does have limited capacity.
Participants will be responsible for covering the costs of transportation and accommodations. The organizers will provide snacks and light lunches during the three days.
The exchange spaces are designed to facilitate dialogue between all participants in a comfortable environment that inspires creativity and collaboration. For this reason we are putting in place an INFORMAL dress code.
THE OPEN GOVERNMENT PARTNERSHIP
OGP was launched in 2011 to provide an international platform for domestic reformers committed to making their governments more open, accountable, and responsive to citizens. Since then, OGP has grown from 8 countries to the 65 participating countries indicated on the map below. In many of these countries, government and civil society are working together to develop and implement ambitious open government reforms.