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2021 OGP Global Summit: Seoul, Republic of Korea

The Republic of Korea will host the 2021 Open Government Partnership (OGP) Global Summit from December 13-17, 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. 

A Summit website with further information will be launched later this month. Subscribe to the OGP Newsletter to receive important OGP Global Summit updates. 

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

Frequently Asked Questions 

What are the dates of the 2021 OGP Global Summit?

  • December 13-17, 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 and Tuesday December 14 will feature Summit side events. Much like our annual Open Government Week, we will invite 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. In September, we will release a form that you can use to submit information about side events, which will be added to the Summit website on an ongoing basis.
  • Wednesday December 15 through Friday December 17 will be reserved primarily for global, regional, and thematic plenary sessions 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 and OGP Academy. Details to come soon!

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

  • Registration for the 2021 OGP Global Summit will open in September. 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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