Open Government Week starts 17 May, 2021

A global call to action to transform the way governments serve their citizens

During the week of 17 May, open government doers, leaders, and thinkers from around the world will come together to share ideas, discuss solutions, and commit to new levels of citizen participation in government to respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year’s Open Gov Week theme will focus on how we renew or build again governments, institutions and societies that are transparent, accountable, participatory, and inclusive. 

Many of the sessions are online and available to anyone interested in attending.

Themed Open Renewal this week coincides with OGP’s 10th anniversary and is intended to renew the spirit, optimism and energy that first launched OGP and to put it to use to address the challenges of today, including advancing accountability and transparency, tackling systemic inequalities, protecting civic space, and enhancing citizen participation.

The OGP Steering Committee will host a high-level plenary on May 17, 2021 at 8 AM EDT (Tuesday 18 May at 12: AM NZST) to inaugurate this year’s Open Gov Week. This plenary will showcase concrete ways to use open government approaches to tackle some of the biggest challenges we face - from the catastrophic health crisis brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, to the global economic recession, an accelerating climate crisis, and systemic inequalities of income, gender and race.

TINZ has produced a two-minute pre-recorded video to be presented during the inauguration event. The video is about how TINZ is working with the government to increase transparency and accountability on the use of algorithms to deliver services to citizens, especially marginalized communities as a concrete example of open government reforms. 

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