Canada Hosts 2019 Open Government Partnership Global Summit

Linda Frey, OGP Executive Director
Linda Frey, OGP Executive Director

The Government of Canada, in partnership with the Open Government Partnership (OGP), will host the 2019 OGP Global Summit in Ottawa, Canada, from May 29 to 31, 2019.

The Summit will bring together the 79 member countries, the 20 local governments of the OGP, participants from local and regional governments, civil society groups, academia, and beyond. Its goal is to share knowledge and together create solutions for more open and transparent governments around the world.

The main events and workshops will take place in Ottawa at the Shaw Centre located at 55 Colonel By Drive, K1N 9J2 while some side events will be held at other locations in the Ottawa area. Persons interested in participating in the Summit are encouraged to visit the side events page for further information.

The Canadian Government is serving as the lead government chair of the OGP a role it took on from October 1, 2018 and which it will occupy for one year.

Canada has committed to work on open government priorities that it shares with our civil society co-chair, Nathaniel Heller. Canada has set out three priorities for this year.

One of the priorities set out by Canada is participation, which enables citizens, civil society and business to participate in government decision-making which will lead to more trust in government and better outcomes.

A second priority by Canada is inclusion, which empowers under-represented citizens regardless of gender, race, or sexual orientation, to engage actively with governments. This allows for more equitable governments.

Impact is the third priority and this helps citizens understand how open government affects their day-to-day lives. This makes government accountable for results that make a difference.

Registration begins early in 2019 and persons interested in participating should contact with their questions.

Canada has been a member of the OGP since 2012 during and all of this time it has focused on raising the bar for openness and transparency.

The Open Government Partnership brings together government reformers and civil society leaders to create action plans that make governments more inclusive, responsive and accountable. Since 2011 when it was formed, 79 OGP participating countries and 20 local governments have made over 3,100 commitments to make their governments more open and accountable.

The OGP is directed by a rotating steering committee to advance the practice of multi-stakeholder engagement. From October 2018 to September 2019, the lead OGP Co-Chairs are the Government of Canada and Nathaniel Heller, Executive Vice President of Integrated Strategies at Results for Development (R4D). The Co-Chairs identified inclusion, participation and impact as their joint priorities.