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London 2013 OGP Global Summit

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Open Government Partnership Annual Summit (Overview)

Over 1,000 delegates from over 60 countries will come together in London from 31 October to 1 November 2013 for the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Annual Summit.

Two years since the Open Government Partnership was formed, the London Summit presents an incredible opportunity for the open government movement to consolidate and build momentum, to reflect on what is working and what is not, and to inspire all participants to return home equipped to pursue an even more ambitious reform agenda.

Summit participants – including representatives from civil society organizations, businesses and governments – will share experiences from their respective countries and provide real examples of how openness can improve public services, drive economic growth, reduce poverty and corruption, and restore public faith in government.

Each government coming to London has been asked to announce an ambitious new open government commitment to be integrated in their OGP action plan.  OGP will also welcome new participating countries, and will announce the launch of five thematic working groups, four multilateral partnerships, and a new Open Government Prize Competition.

At the G8 earlier this year, British Prime Minster David Cameron pledged that the UK’s leadership of the OGP would “drive a transparency revolution in every corner of the world.” As the host of this year’s Summit, the UK government hopes this remarkable gathering of open government reformers will advance measurable progress in at least five key policy areas:

·         Open Data: Radically opening up government data for greater accountability, public service improvement and economic growth

·         Government Integrity: fighting corruption and strengthening democracy through transparent government

·         Fiscal Transparency: helping citizens to follow the money

·         Empowering Citizens: transforming the relationship between citizens and governments

·         Natural Resource Transparency: ensuring natural resources and extractive revenues are used for public benefit

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Summit Agenda

The Summit agenda is designed to encourage participants to learn from others about what is and isn’t working, reflect on results achieved to date, set ambitious new commitments for greater openness, and demonstrate what transparency really means for people on the ground. We also hope to energize and diversify civil society participation in OGP, as this is the best way to stimulate innovation and hold governments’ to account.

The agenda of the London Summit reflects the following objectives that are fundamental to OGP’s success:

Defending SPACE for Civil Society to Engage: For government to be responsive to people, it is essential to have a vibrant and independent civil society that collaborates with, and challenges government as necessary. This requires basic guarantees of the space for civil society to participate, including freedom of association, freedom of expression and a free press. At the Summit we plan to continue, and advance, a conversation initiated by President Obama on 23 September 2013 on how initiatives like OGP can help defend civic space and advance effective models of civil society engagement.

Sharing INSPIRATION from across the Partnership: The Summit presents an opportunity to share inspiring stories from OGP countries that will motivate other domestic reformers and advocates around the world. During the Summit we will feature lightning talks from the finalists of the new OGP ‘Bright Spots’ competition, who will share their OGP success stories with their peers. The delegates will vote to select a winner.

Ensuring ACCOUNTABILITY for Results: Commitments alone are not good enough – they must translate to concrete actions and deliver results. Once a country signs up to OGP, the rest of the world is watching to see how much progress is made. At the Summit we will launch the first IRM Progress Reports for the eight founding OGP countries and discuss what we are all learning from the first year of OGP implementation.

Promoting AMBITION: OGP was designed as a race to the top, but we need to keep raising the bar. The United Kingdom has asked each country to bring a flagship commitment to the October Summit, and we plan to highlight the most ambitious and innovative commitments throughout the two days. In addition, we plan to encourage a debate on some of the ‘new frontiers’ of open government that have to date been largely absent from OGP action plans.


OGP Civil Society Day, London, 30 October 2013


The Open Government Partnership Summit is the primary forum for the global community of reformers from all backgrounds – government, civil society and private sector – to come together and engage with each other. The OGP Civil Society Day – the day before the Summit – provides an informal opportunity for over 400 civil society actors that are involved in OGP to connect, interact, learn and strategize. It provides an opportunity to focus on the conversations we need to have between civil society in order to prepare for the summit and strengthen the national OGP processes in future. This event is being co-organised by the Open Knowledge Foundation, Involve and OGP.  Registration for the Civil Society Day has now closed.

What will we be talking about

The objective of the day is that the OGP civil society community is energized, broadened, connected and, overall, is prepared for both the OGP Summit and for engaging with the OGP process in their own countries. We anticipate this day will, through the range of sessions, address these themes:

  • Broaden: provide space to explore why and how to broaden the actors, issues and countries involved in OGP
  • Deepen: discuss how to deepen the partnerships, push the level of ambition and create better plans
  • Connect: network with people working in different countries and on different issues, but facing similar realities
  • Inspire: hear inspiring stories from across the globe and explore new open government frontiers

Throughout the day – but especially during the regional breakout and closing sessions – the issue of accountability and representation of the SC vis-à-vis the community will be addressed.


Create your own agenda! Is there a discussion that needs to happen? Do you want to hold an analysis, ask questions, present finding for feedback or write up best practices or principles? We will be holding ‘Unconference’ sessions alongside the main agenda for the whole day.

Propose a 30 minutes session on the day or sign up to do a 5 minute talk on your project, organisation or cause in one of the two ‘lightning talk’ sessions. Get in touch

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if you have an idea for this now.

Overview Programme Civil Society Day 30 October, London

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When and where is it all taking place

The OGP Civil Society Day is taking place at the ULU Meeting Rooms

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in the University of London Union on Malet Street, London on Wednesday 30th October 2013. Registration starts promptly at 08:30, when coffee will be served and the programme kicks off at 09:00 in the main ‘Venue’ theatre. The official programme wraps up at 16.00 although the unconference will continue and the working group meetings will take place from 16:30 at the Queen Elizabeth Conference Venue

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Lunch, tea, coffee and wifi will all be provided. There will be Spanish/English interpretation available in the two main rooms for those who have registered this requirement.

Social media

Please get involved and let us know what you think! We will be using the Twitter hashtags:

#CSOday #OGP13


The OGP Civil Society Day is organized by OGP

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, the OGP Civil Society Coordination Team, the Open Knowledge Foundation

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(logistics, unconference) and Involve

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(program design and facilitation). Specific sessions are prepared by Access Info Europe, Alianza Regional, OpenCorporates, Open Rights Group, Publish What You Pay, World Resource Institute and the Transparency & Accountability Initiative.

The translation is supported by the Inter-American Development Bank

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,  catering by the World Bank Institute

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