France to host the Open Government Partnership Global Summit in Paris
On December 7-9, 2016, France will host the 4th Open Government Partnership Global Summit in Paris. Coming at a critical time for global democratic renewal and the pushback against populism and divisiveness, French President Francois Hollande has called the event “the COP for Democracy.”
Among the 3000 guests registered to attend are heads of state, ministers from the partnership’s 70 countries, hundreds of civil society leaders, academics, and influential government reformers from around the world. There will be keynote speeches, panels and workshops addressing the role of open government in crucial international issues such as reversing the trend of closing civic space, fighting corruption, freedom of information, and public participation in climate change policies.
The Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, will host a dedicated subnational open government track on Friday, December 9, with participants from the following locations: Austin, United States; Bojonegoro, Indonesia; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Elgeyo Marakwet, Kenya; Jalisco, Mexico; Kigoma, Tanzania; La Libertad, Peru; Madrid, Spain; Ontario, Canada; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Scotland, United Kingdom; Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana; Seoul, South Korea and Tbilisi, Georgia.
Main stage panels of the OGP Summit will be held and translated in English, French, and Spanish, and livestreamed on the OGP website. Registration closes on October 31 (extensions may be considered for members of the press). A provisional program is available here and will be updated as the agenda is finalized.
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Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a unique multilateral initiative aimed at securing concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, increase civic participation, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to make governments more open, effective, and accountable to citizens around the world.
OGP was formally launched on September 20, 2011, on the sidelines of a UN General Assembly meeting, when eight heads of state, along with an equal number of civil society leaders, endorsed the Open Government Declaration and published the first cohort of OGP National Action Plans with specific open government reform commitments. OGP has since grown to include 70 governments (representing a third of the world’s population), seven multilateral bodies, and hundreds of civil society organizations. OGP’s Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) holds governments accountable for their commitments by producing thorough, impartial reports that track progress on National Action Plans.