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What is the Open Government Partnership ?

The Open Government Partnership is a multilateral initiative that aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. It was launched in 2011 by 8 founding governments. Since 2011, OGP now counts 70 member countries, as well as hundreds of civil society organizations.

When joining the Partnership, governments endorse the Open Government Declaration and commit to the following principles:

  • Increase the availability of information about governmental activities
  • Support civic participation
  • Implement the highest standards of professional integrity through administrations
  • Increase access to new technologies for openness and accountability

The OGP Steering Committee is comprised of 11 government representatives and 11 civil society representatives that together guide the ongoing development and direction of OGP. Lead Chair and Support Chair are assumed in tandem by a government and a civil society representative. The government serving as OGP Lead Chair is in charge of organizing the OGP Global Summit.

The OGP Support Unit is a small, permanent secretariat that works closely with the Steering Committee to advance the goals of the Open Government Partnership.

France in the Open Government Partnership

capture-decran-2016-09-26-a-23-24-33Shortly after joining the OGP in 2014, France was elected to the OGP Steering Committee, starting in October 2014 for two years.

The government of France serves as Support Chair on the OGP Steering Committee since October 2015. France has taken over as Lead Chair on September 20th, 2016, conjointly with Manish Bapna from the World Resources Institute.

As Lead Chair, France will organize the Open Government Partnership 2016 Global Summit in Paris on December 7, 8 and 9.

Open Government Partnership 2016 Global Summit

LOGO-POSITIF-PRINT-EN-HDThe OGP Global Summit provides a unique opportunity to bring together, stimulate and expand the community of state reformers worldwide. Representatives from governments, academia, civil society and international organizations gather to share their experience and best practices and push the open government global agenda forward.

The OGP summit will involve 3000 representatives from 70 countries: heads of government, ministers, public servants, members of parliament, local authorities, civil society representatives, start-ups and digital innovators, developers, researchers, journalists will gather in Paris to share their experiences and push forward the open government global agenda in light of the future challenges of the planet.

In April 2016, a process of co-construction of the program for the OPG summit was launched, in order to build an agenda directly stimulated by the priorities of the participants. The open call for proposals gathered almost 700 proposals and was enriched by several collaborative workshops.

Transparency and anti-corruption, climate action and sustainable development, digital commons and civic tech, access to information, open parliament, open government at the subnational level, francophonie, implementation of open government…: more than 300 panels, workshops, pitches, will drive the announcement of new commitments, the launch of collective actions and international collaborations, the definition of Partnership priorities for the years to come, the exchange of digital resources and good practices and the presentation of concrete open government cases with a positive transformative impact on citizens’ lives. An OGP Toolbox for Open Government , referencing digital platforms proposed by administrations, civil society organizations and start-ups will be made available in order to foster digital resource sharing and collaboration.

We are pleased to present the OGP Summit provisional program, revealed on September 20 at the OGP’s fifth year anniversary, during the 71st United Nations General Assembly. Over the next few months, the schedule will continue to evolve through contributions and precisions made by session managers, OGP summit organizers and members of the French and international Open Government community.

A referencing system has been put in place to list and promote external events taking place all over France and worldwide as part of an “Open Government Week”.