This 2021 Summit, which will be the seventh OGP Global Summit, is coming in the heels of previous Summits, namely the first Summit held in Brasilia, Brazil, on April 17 to 18, 2012; the second Summit in London, United Kingdom, from October 31 to November 1, 2013; the third Summit in Mexico City, Mexico, from October 27 to 29, 2015; the fourth Summit in Paris, France, from December 7 to 9, the fifth Summit in Tblisi, Georgia, from July 17 to 19, 2018; and the sixth Summit in Ottawa, Canada, from May 29 to 31, 2019.
The Seventh Open Government Partnership (OGP) Global Summit is scheduled to hold in Seoul in the Republic of Korea, from December 15 to 17, 2021 but will take place mainly online as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the organizers, the Summit, which will mark the OGP’s 10th anniversary, is expected to provide a platform for the open government community to build a stronger global movement for open government and democracy, galvanize the community with fresh energy, and reaffirm OGP members’ commitments to open government.
The Summit will be hosted by the Government of South Korea and co-organized with the OGP Support Unit.
The themes for the Summit, which are aligned with the current OGP Co-Chair Priorities, are strengthening civic space and public participation, tackling anti-corruption, and promoting inclusive digital innovation. The Government of the Republic of Korea, represented by the Minister of the Interior and Safety, Mr Hae-cheol Jeon, is currently co-Chair of the OGP, along with Ms María Baron, Executive Director of Directorio Legislativo in Argentina.
The Summit is open free of charge to anyone with an interest in open government, although international participants will not be able to travel to Seoul to attend the Summit in person to travel restrictions necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Summit will provide opportunities for reflection on the progress of OGP in its first decade and to present a vision for the future.
OGP Global Summits have historically provided opportunities for representatives of government, civil society, and other stakeholders to exchange experiences, best practices, and progress on open government initiatives and implementation.