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2021 OGP Global Summit: Seoul, Republic of Korea

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The Republic of Korea will host the 2021 Open Government Partnership (OGP) Global Summit from December 15-17, 2021. As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Summit will take place mainly online and we are prioritizing a variety of formats for virtual participation during and before the Summit.

The Summit will provide a platform and moment for reflecting on the progress of OGP in its first decade and to present a vision for the future. OGP Global Summit themes will be aligned with the current Co-Chair Priorities: strengthening civic space and public participation, tackling anti-corruption, and promoting inclusive digital innovation.

OGP Global Summits historically provide an opportunity for representatives of government, civil society, and others to exchange experiences, best practices, and progress on open government initiatives and implementation. This will be the 7th OGP Global Summit; previous Summits have been held in Canada, Georgia, France, Mexico, United Kingdom, and Brazil. 

OGP has invited partners in government, national and international civil society organizations, multilateral organizations, and others to hold workshops, consultations, and other events between December 13-17. View the latest list of Partner Sessions here.

We’re also hosting a series Pre-Summit Thematic Events led by the OGP Support Unit and partners. Learn more here.

Visit the 2021 OGP Global Summit website for more information and subscribe to the OGP Newsletter to receive important Summit updates. 

For general inquiries about the Summit, please contact: summit@opengovpartnership.org

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Frequently Asked Questions 

What are the dates of the 2021 OGP Global Summit?

  • December 15-17, 2021

What are the themes of the 2021 OGP Global Summit?

  • Summit themes are aligned with the current Co-Chair Priorities: strengthening civic space and public participation, tackling anti-corruption, and promoting inclusive digital innovation.

How will the agenda for the Summit be designed? 

  • For community members who have attended past OGP events, some parts of this Global Summit will be familiar and others may look different. Though we have often facilitated an open call for proposals and extensive review and selection process for sessions, we are taking a different approach this year by providing dedicated open space for community-led sessions and for plenaries. We will try our best to recreate the energy and excitement that an in-person OGP Global Summit generates. 

What does the agenda look like and how can I contribute?

  • Monday, December 13 through Thursday, December 16 will feature Partner Sessions. Much like our annual Open Government Week, we invited partners like governments, national and international civil society organizations, multilateral organizations, and others to hold workshops, consultations, and other events during these days. Members will also be encouraged to host in-person domestic and local events, as COVID-19 restrictions allow, in their local communities. The call for partner sessions has now closed. The schedule of events will be made available soon.
  • Wednesday, December 15 through Friday, December 17 will feature Summit plenaries organized by the OGP Support Unit and Summit host, the Republic of Korea. Spaces/sessions will also be designed to support regional, thematic, and other community dialogues and exchanges.
  • A series of pre-Summit events will also be held in the months leading up to the Summit. These include IRM Week, the OGP Academy, and Pre-Summit Thematic Events.

Who can participate in the Summit? When will registration open? How much does registration cost?

  • Registration for the 2021 OGP Global Summit is open. Anyone with an interest in open government is welcome to register and participate. Participation is free of charge.

Will I be able to travel to Seoul to attend the Summit in-person?

  • No, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to influence our day-to-day lives and many of our community members will not be able to gather in-person in Seoul. As a result, we are prioritizing a variety of formats for virtual participation and planning a series of virtual events before the Summit.

Who can I contact with questions related to the Summit? 

For OGP Government Points of Contact: How do I submit commitments in response to the Call-to-Action and how will they be shared? 

  • Call-to-action commitments are to be submitted via action plans only. There is no special submission process / platform for these commitments. 
  • Call-to-action commitments will be tagged and analyzed by the Support Unit and the Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) in line with regular procedures and timelines as for all commitments. Learn more about the IRM products and processes here
  • The Summit will provide OGP members the opportunity to share highlights from their most recent action plans, including on the three themes of the summit.
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