From commitment to actions
One the major stake of this 4th Global Summit of the Open Government Partnership is to renew OGP collective ambition and to strengthen the five year long member’s commitments and concrete actions.
Renew the ambition of the Open Government Partnership
On December 7th 2016, the Steering Committee of the Open Government Partnership endorsed the “Paris Declaration on Open Government”. The Declaration was proposed by the co-chairs of the Open Government Partnership: France and the World Resources Institute.
In this Declaration, members of the Open Government Partnership – countries and civil society organizations – reaffirm the Partnership’s principles and values in the current context: transparency, integrity, public participation, and collaboration in order to forge more inclusive, just and sustainable democracies.
Through this Declaration, the co-signatories commit to push forward international cooperation fostering transparency, integrity and fight against corruption; climate change and sustainable development and the sharing of common digital tools and capacity.
Find here the OGP Summit Paris declaration
Accelerate the implementation
In addition to the Paris Declaration on Open Government, the Steering committee with all OGP participants, launched “collective actions” during the Summit, in order to accelerate the implementation of these ambitions. It include two parts :
1. The collective actions: States, subnational entities and civil society organizations created international coalition to develop concrete actions that will accelerate the implementation of open government.These collective actions will serve as a source of inspiration and learning and inform future National Action Plan commitments.
A public platform was established early November 2016: paris-declaration.ogpsummit.org. Open to all participants of the Open Government Partnership, from December 7th to December 9th, the platform gathered more than 300 contributions, from 30 countries, subnational entities and 70 civil society organizations, in order to build this international cooperation. With these voluntary contributions, participants proposed to share their tools, expertise and their experience in order to fight against corruption, to enhance sustainable development initiatives, to tackle climate change and to share common digital resources and capacity created by participating countries and civil society organizations.
During the closing ceremony highlighted, the partners’ mobilization and contributions were highlighted. Four collective actions were specifically mentioned:
- Open public procurement: 15 countries and 13 civil society organizations, proposed their contribution to push forward transparency in public procurement. The « Contracting 5 » (« C5 ») was launched, including France, Columbia, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and Ukraine. This international coalition will work to make the public contracting process open by default, by publishing contract and contracting information, according to open data standards,
- Ending abuse of anonymous companies: 6 countries and 8 civil society organizations proposed their contribution to work together to collect accurate, adequate, and timely basic and beneficial ownership information, promoting the use of public registries of beneficial ownership that are open and free for use by all. Partners will also encourage and support other countries to implement beneficial ownership.
- Harnessing the Data revolution for sustainable development and climate risk resilience : 12 countries, a city and 17 civil society organizations proposed to work to open data for sustainable development and climate risk resilience. The launching of an open climate working group, announce at the Summit, will gather all contributors to push forward this collective action.
- Creating an open source software policy: 4 countries, one subnational entity and 4 civil society organizations joined this collective action to promote transparency and accountability of open source code and algorithms they develop and use, wherever possible and appropriate. They will work together to develop an open source policy template, including guidelines and best practices for administrations to create and contribute to free/open-source software.
Find out about all contributions to collective actions: paris-declaration.ogpsummit.org
To see the full text of the collective actions and contributions : Paris declaration – Collective actions
2. A toolbox of digital solutions: supporting these collective actions, civil societies’ action and the effective implementation of countries commitments taken in their National Action Plans, a collaborative platform gathering open government digital tools from all around the world will be inaugurated during the Summit. This platform has been developed by the international community since April 2016.
Open data portals, public consultation platforms, tools to monitor and participate in law-making, to draft participatory budgets, civic tech, online platforms to evaluate national action plans…: multiple software and digitals tools already exist, are developed and used by administrations or the civil society, and could be referenced, shared and re-used.
On December 7, the ogptoolbox.org has been launched. Throughout the three days of the Summit, countries and civil society organizations strengthened and share the “tools” during “hackathons”: 1231 tools have been included in the tool box, with 178 user cases by 511 organizations and public administrations.
More information: ogpsummit.org/the-open-government-toolbox