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Seoul and the OGP Ten

Shreya Basu|

As the government of the Republic of Korea welcomes open government champions from all over Asia-Pacific and beyond for this year’s Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting, here are a few things to expect.

  1. This year, eighty percent of OGP participating countries and localities in Asia-Pacific are delivering brand new action plans before the year is out. Countries like Australia, South Korea, as well as local governments like South Cotabato and Tbilisi, are already in.
  2. Through the Feminist Open Government, OGP has partnered with champions of open government to advance gender equality. In Seoul, we will learn the initial results of research carried out in Indonesia and the Philippines on how to make open government processes more inclusive for women and gender overall. And, stay tuned for an announcement about a new research opportunity to help accelerate gender commitments and women’s participation throughout OGP.
  3. In South Korea, candlelight protests by millions of citizens in Gwanghwamun Square brought down the Park presidency and its failed responses to public crises and an influence peddling scandal. The new government decided to leverage the same civic energy to inform policy. Once again, Koreans flocked to Gwanghwamun Square, but this time to help shape the national agenda rather than protest it. In just 49 days, 181,000 suggestions were submitted and over 2,000 were integrated in public policies.  Hear from the Minister of the Interior and Safety of the Republic of Korea Kim Boo-kyum and Secretary General of the Citizens’ Coalition for Better Government, Republic of Korea Sue-Jung Park during the opening plenary.
  4. From improving education in Mongolia, to increasing provision in the extractive sector in the Philippines, to enhancing the right to information in Sri lanka. Discover more stories like these in the region and around the world through the CitizENgage campaign and
  5. Last month at the  IACC conference in Copenhagen, several Asia-Pacific countries highlighted how OGP provides accountability for implementation of international commitments, including those to fight corruption. For example, Afghanistan is implementing open contracting in infrastructure projects and Indonesia is focused on transparency of company ownership.  Learn more about these examples and others at various events focused on anti-corruption and open contracting.
  6. From Indonesia to the Philippines to Mongolia, Asia is home to innovations on improving public service delivery. What does the next generation of ambitions look like? Learn more at events focused on public service delivery throughout the summit.  
  7. For the first time ever, civil society members that participate in multi stakeholder forums will join the government points of contact to discuss how to move from ambition to implementation.  
  8. Civil society members from across the region will convene for the Civil Society Day on November 5. There they will share and learn their different experiences of co-creation and co-delivery, explore ways to enhance inclusion in open government, and formulate creative responses to protect civic space.
  9. Meet and mingle with your fellow attendees! Don’t miss out on the welcome reception at the Grand Ballroom of the Westin Chosun Hotel after the opening plenary.
  10. Tell us what you are most looking forward to in Seoul at #OGPAsiaPac

We look forward to seeing you in Seoul! Catch up with the latest updates and announcements with #OGPAsiaPac and make sure to download the event’s agenda to learn more about the many sessions, workshops, and panels taking place on November 5 and 6 at the Westin Chosun Hotel in the heart of Seoul.

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