The 4th Open Government Partnership (OGP)Global Summit is set to hold in Paris, France, from December 7 to 9, 2016.
This will be the first OGP Global Summit since Nigeria became a member of the initiative in June 2016. The French President Francois Hollande has called the event “the COP for Democracy” as it comes at a critical time for global democratic renewal and the push back against populism and divisiveness.
OGP Civil Society Coordinator, Paul Maassen, at the end of October confirmed that 3,000 people had registered to attend the fourth OGP Global Summit including heads of state and ministers from the partnership’s 70 countries, hundreds of civil society leaders, academics, and influential government reformers from around the world.
There will be keynote speeches, panels and workshops addressing the role of open government in crucial international issues such as reversing the trend of closing civic space, fighting corruption, freedom of information, and public participation in climate change policies.
The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a unique multilateral initiative aimed at securing concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, increase civic participation, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to make governments more open, effective, and accountable to citizens around the world.
This presents a learning opportunity for Nigeria on the OGP process which is expected to support and impact the ongoing development of the country’s National Action Plan.
The Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, will host a dedicated sub national open government track on Friday, December 9 with participants from the following locations: Austin, United States; Bojonegoro, Indonesia; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Elgeyo Marakwet, Kenya; Jalisco, Mexico; Kigoma, Tanzania; La Libertad, Peru; Madrid, Spain; Ontario, Canada; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Scotland, United Kingdom; Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana; Seoul, South Korea and Tbilisi, Georgia.
Main stage panels of the OGP Summit will be held and translated in English, French, and Spanish as well as live streamed on the OGP website.
Although registration is closed, extensions may be considered for members of the press. A provisional programme will be updated on the website as soon as the agenda is finalised.
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