Open Government Partnership Annual Summit in London

Over 1,000 delegates from over 60 countries will come together in London from 31 October to 1 November 2013 for the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Annual Summit.   Two years since the Open Government Partnership was formed, the London Summit presents an incredible opportunity for the open government movement to consolidate and build momentum, to reflect on what is working and what is not, and to inspire all participants to return home equipped to pursue an even more ambitious reform agenda.   Summit participants – including representatives from civil society organizations, businesses and governments – will share experiences from their respective countries and provide real examples of how openness can improve public services, drive economic growth, reduce poverty and corruption, and restore public faith in government.   Each government coming to London has been asked to announce an ambitious new open government commitment to be integrated in their OGP action plan.  OGP will also welcome new participating countries, and will announce the launch of five thematic working groups, four multilateral partnerships, and a new Open Government Prize Competition.   At the G8 earlier this year, British Prime Minster David Cameron pledged that the UK’s leadership of the OGP would “drive a transparency revolution in every corner of the world.” As the host of this year’s Summit, the UK government hopes this remarkable gathering of open government reformers will advance measurable progress in at least five key policy areas: ·        
  Open Data: Radically opening up government data for greater accountability, public service improvement and economic growth ·         
Government Integrity: fighting corruption and strengthening democracy through transparent government ·       
  Fiscal Transparency: helping citizens to follow the money ·       Empowering Citizens: transforming the relationship between citizens and governments ·      
 Natural Resource Transparency: ensuring natural resources and extractive revenues are used for public benefit