Mexican President, Enrique Peña Nieto, will officially open the Summit in a ceremony held at the Palacio de Bellas Artes.
Top of the agenda will be the agreement on the Joint Declaration on Open Government for the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, signed by at least 32 of OGP’s current 66 countries and dozens of civil society organizations committing to use their participation in OGP to implement the new Global Goals and to increase the transparency of the resources intended to fight poverty.
“The SDGs will be reached only through trustworthy, effective and inclusive institutions. This is why Mexico, as current chair of the OGP, has committed to promote citizen participation, innovative policies, transparency and accountability.” Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico.
Three new countries – Sri Lanka, Cote D’Ivoire and Papua New Guinea – will sign their intent to join OGP, bringing government participation up to 69, and Guyana is in the process of considering joining OGP in the future. OGP was launched by eight founding countries four years ago, Mexico was among them.
Suneeta Kaimal, civil society co-chair of OGP, said: “The OGP Global Summit comes at a critical juncture as we face growing distrust in government, and increased restrictions on civil society around the world.
The Summit will serve to reinforce the efforts of reformers who seek to stem this tide by advancing on citizen priorities and augmenting the voice of civil society.”
The OGP Summit follows on the heels of an OGP Civil Society Day, which drew over 1,000 participants and saw the debut of the OGP Government Champions Award, presented to the government of Georgia. OGP civil society Steering Committee member Nathaniel Heller said, “In order for OGP to be a real partnership between government and civil society there must be constant dialogue and creative partnership.
Voting for the Champions Award is open to all of civil society. It’s really great fun because it provides an opportunity to celebrate the outstanding OGP government champions that are going above and beyond.”
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa will also speak at the Summit as South Africa takes over the position of OGP lead chair from Mexico.
Major announcements at the Global Summit include:
· Sri Lanka, Cote D’Ivoire and Papua New Guinea join OGP, Guyana is in the process of considering joining OGP in the future
· At least 32 countries signed the Joint Declaration on Open Government for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
· Winnie Byanyima, Oxfam International Executive Director, joins OGP as a new Ambassador.
· Winners of the global Open Government Awards announced.
· New accountability reports launched on the founding eight OGP countries.
· A pilot program for taking OGP to a city level, to be implemented by leading Mayors.
Notes to Editors
1. About the Open Government Partnership
The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a multilateral initiative that was launched in 2011 to provide a platform for domestic reformers to secure concrete commitments and make their governments more responsive, accountable and transparent to their citizens. The OGP promotes the principles of transparency, accountability, citizen participation and innovation in 66 member countries (69 as of Wed. October 28) that have profited from its global platform to make over 2,500 open government commitments. For further information visit: www.opengovpartnership.org
2. About the Open Government Global Summit
Every two years, the Country Chair hosts the OGP Global Summit, the largest gathering of open government practitioners from all over the world. Representatives from governments, academia, civil society and multilateral organizations get together to exchange experiences and share best practices and major developments in open government. The Summit presents an opportunity to raise the profile of open government issues internationally and to explore how they link to some of the world’s greatest challenges. For more information visit: ogpsummit.org
3. Detailed information regarding the link between OGP and the UN’s 2030 Agenda
for Sustainable Development may be found in our paper: How Can the Open Government Partnership Accelerate Implementation of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development?
4. Follow latest Summit developments:
· Summit Website: http://ogpsummit.org
· Twitter: #OGP15 @opengovpart
· Livestream: http://www.opengovpartnership.org
· Special Huffington Post Series: huffingtonpost.com/news/open-government-partnership.