Opening Plenary

Wednesday, December 15, 2021 10:00 - 12:00 UTC

Hosted by the Republic of Korea, the Opening Plenary of the 2021 OGP Global Summit will celebrate the successes of OGP's first decade together with Heads of State and Government and civil society from across the partnership. Our high-level speakers will look forward to the challenges and possibilities of the next decade.

The plenary will further announce the winners of the OGP Awards, as well as welcome the 56 new local members that joined OGP since the last Global Summit
Thematic Plenaries

Wednesday, December 15 - Friday, December 17, 2021

Civic Space and Public Participation Plenary

Wednesday, December 15, 2021 12:00-14:00 UTCIn the face of 15 years of declining civic space, we will highlight how reformers have stood their ground and pushed back. From protests against police brutality in Nigeria and digital surveillance against activists and journalists in Mexico, we will celebrate the reformers working in challenging contexts.

Our speakers will highlight concrete reforms that countries are undertaking in a wide range of areas such as emergency powers, digital surveillance, and press freedom across the global north and south. You will hear practical ways to expand spaces for inclusive participation.

The launch of the Civic Space Learning Network will mark this special plenary. The Network is a global coalition of countries that push back on restricting civic freedoms.

Anti-Corruption Plenary

Thursday, December 16, 2021 12:00-14:00 UTCThis plenary will focus on the complex challenge of corruption, in particular in the wake of leaks such as the Panama and Pandora Papers, which have highlighted how entrenched networks of opacity pose a threat to democracy.

The conversation will cover the role of civil society and journalists in tackling corruption and explore how reformers can leverage multilateral initiatives to anchor and inspire country-level actions. OGP anti-corruption commitments show a high return on investment. They are among the most ambitious and are most likely to generate strong early results. The plenary will highlight some of these concrete reforms that countries are taking through their OGP action plans.

Inclusive Digital Innovation Plenary

Friday, December 17, 2021 11:00-13:00 UTCThe development and scaling of digital tools for open government has been part of OGP since the start. We have seen them used to advance open contracting reforms and deepen engagement with citizens. In the COVID-19 pandemic, the critical role of digital tools in disseminating information and delivering public services became clear.

The tools and platforms continue to grow in power and influence. Safeguarding against the misuse of technology and potential threats to democracy has become more pressing than ever. Join us to look at concrete reforms of digital innovation as public goods. Our speakers will discuss challenges needing urgent policy action from the OGP community in the next decade.

Local Leader Plenary

Wednesday, December 15, 2021 15:00 - 16:30 UTC

A distinguished group of local leaders will highlight the efforts local governments are making to combat the challenges of the pandemic through the strategic incorporating of open government approaches. In this roundtable, our panelists will discuss the ways in which feminist approaches to open government can be beneficial in times crisis to strengthen local democracy.

Closing Plenary

Friday, December 17, 2021 13:00 - 14:00 UTC

The Closing Plenary will share and celebrate highlights from across the many events of The 2021 OGP Global Summit.

Featuring the future government and civil society Co-Chairs of the Steering Committee, as well as conversations with a diverse group of actors from across the partnership the plenary will truly round off the summit.


Thematic Sessions

Wednesday, December 15 - Friday, December 17, 2021

Open Government Forum Korea-led sessions on Civic Space and Public Participation, Anti-Corruption, and Inclusive Digital Innovation where civil society organizations actively participate and share open government reforms.

Regional Sessions

Monday, December 13 - Friday, December 17, 2021

Americas Regional Session
Opening government in a challenging context: A path forward.

Monday, December 13, 2021 18:00-20:00 UTCThis Regional session will convene the Latin-American open government community in a conversation about the achievements of the last decade and the challenges ahead in light of structural socio economic difficulties, setbacks to protecting civic space, and declining citizen confidence in democratic institutions through a region's expert interview and thematic breakout rooms.

Eastern Partnership and Western Balkans Regional Session
EaP-Balkans Ministerial Round Table on Integrity and Innovation

Tuesday, December 14, 2021 13:00-15:00 UTCThis Regional Breakout will bring together decision-makers and OGP frontrunners from the Eastern Partnership and Western Balkans to discuss challenges of the post-COVID period with a view to draw a future-positive roadmap for a regional reform agenda. High-level remarks will be followed by a round of facilitated interventions from regional ministerial contributors, then the floor will open for a discussion with the audience.

Asia Pacific Regional Session
The Future of Governance in Asia Pacific

Thursday, December 16, 2021 02:00-03:30 UTCIn this virtual, high-level roundtable, open government champions from across the Asia Pacific region will discuss key political, economic, and social trends that are likely to affect the future of governance across the region. The discussion will link to OGP’s founding mission, reflect on its impact in the first decade, and explore ways to strengthen the platform in responding to the emerging/future trends discussed. The roundtable will be moderated by OGP Ambassador Rt. Hon. Helen Clark.

Africa and Middle East Regional Session
Next Frontier: Shaping Societies, Improving lives through Inclusion, Equality, and Participation

Thursday, December 16, 2021 09:00-10:00 UTCThe COVID-19 pandemic has exerted considerable pressure on Africa and the Middle East countries, causing socio-economic setbacks as reflected by the shrinking civic space, corruption scandals, challenges in delivery of essential services (health, education, water) and exclusion of the marginalized. The regional session will convene government, civil society and thought leaders from Africa and the Middle East to have conversations on collectively advancing open government values in light of the pressures exerted by the pandemic to achieve equal, fair, inclusive, responsive and participatory processes and societies.

Community Dialogue Sessions

Monday, December 13 - Friday, December 17, 2021

Through the Community Dialogue format, OGP aims to encourage the open gov community to engage and discuss open government relevant topics with peers in a more intimate setting.
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Strengthening OGP Civil Society in Francophone countries

Monday, December 13, 2021 10:00 - 11:00 UTCThis Community Dialogue will build on momentum sparked by the francophone community to promote the principles of open government.

An increasing number of Francophone OGP members, as well as countries reaching eligibility, has created a unique dynamic leveraging open government for inclusive and sustainable development. The dialogue will focus on opportunities and challenges to strengthen the roles of civil society with the goal of building stronger and more inclusive approaches to all the phases of the OGP process.

The Future of Open Government

Monday, December 13, 2021 16:00- 17:30 UTCOver the past decade, OGP has helped build a global movement of reformers inside and outside of government, who between them have co-created over 4,000 reforms to transform how government serves its citizens. This Community Dialogue will explore open government trends and their impact on OGP’s future. Participants will discuss key trends, stakeholders, challenges, and opportunities in a future-thinking conversation.

Civil Society for Local Open Government

Tuesday, December 14, 2021 11:00 - 12:00 UTCThe composition of civil society at the local level is diverse, dynamic and with different ways of relating to their governments. In this community dialogue participants will discuss the needs and opportunities for civil society to work in opening government at the local level and how to ensure inclusion of different non-governmental stakeholders.

Open Government and Local Climate Action

Thursday, December 16, 2021 11:00 - 12:00 UTCJoin this Community Dialogue for a discussion on how local members can address the climate crisis through open government principles. Hosts will lead a conversation on the concrete ways in which to strengthen and accelerate climate action at the local level by adopting open government approaches and building a global community.

※ Full program to be announced

Special Sessions

Thursday, December 16, 2021 10:30 - 11:30 UTC

Youth Summit

Korean and overseas youth representatives will come up with creative policies to promote open government and submit policy proposals to governments.

Korean youth delegates will be selected through the ‘Open Government Debate Competition’ and global youth delegates will be selected by an international panel of judges. Korean and global youth delegates will participate in the ‘OGP Youth Virtual Bootcamp’ to develop policy proposals, which will be presented at the Youth Summit to be followed by comments from government and international organization officials.

Recovery and Renewal from COVID 19

Discussing the direction and ways for civil society's activities in the public interest and Public-Private Partnership in an era where disasters become a part of our daily lives. This Special Session, co-hosted by the Ministry of the Interior and Safety and Korea NGO Council for Overseas Development Cooperation (KCOC), will include discussions on COVID-19 and Government-Civil Society Partnership, Overcoming COVID-19 through Citizen Participation, and Partnership for International Development Cooperation in the Post-COVID-19 Era.

Partner Sessions

Partner Sessions
During the Summit week, OGP member countries and civil society organizations will voluntarily hold events to discuss open government.
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