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UK hosts Open Government Partnership Summit 2013

The Open Government Partnership Summit 2013 took place in London on 31 October and 1 November: read about what happened.

More than 1,000 delegates from 73 countries including the 61 current Open Government Partnership (OGP) partners attended to share their experiences, discuss progress and show how openness and transparency are making a difference to their citizens.

Each government coming to London was asked to announce an ambitious new open government commitment that will be included in their OGP action plan.

Watch a video about the UK’s focus on openness and transparency, first screened at the summit.

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We released our OGP National Action Plan 2013, an update on National Information Infrastructure and our G8 Open Data Charter National Action Plan.

You can also a read the Open Government Partnership Summit statement about achievements since the Open Government Partnership was formed and priorities for this year’s summit.

DFID launched the Development Tracker, an online tool showing data on where aid is invested and on what.

The Department for Communities and Local Government released their second open data strategy.

Francis Maude replied to an open letter from the Open Government Partnership civil society network.

37 governments made ambitious new commitments to open government, covering a wide range of priorities.

See photos from the event on our Flickr channel and our Storify for updates in tweets and pictures.

UK aims for the summit

The UK, as OGP lead co-chair this year, set 5 priorities for this year’s summit:

  • open data: opening up government data to boost entrepreneurship, economic growth and accountability
  • government integrity: fighting corruption and strengthening democracy through transparent government
  • fiscal transparency: making sure that taxpayers can follow the money
  • empowering citizens: transforming the relationship between citizens and governments
  • natural resource transparency: making sure that natural resources are used for public benefit, not to line the pockets of corrupt elites

At the G8 earlier this year, the Prime Minister pledged that the UK’s leadership of the OGP would “drive a transparency revolution in every corner of the world”. Read the Prime Minister’s full speech at the G8 Open for Growth event.

The UK used the summit to help drive forward relevant elements of its G8 agenda, especially on extractives transparency and open data. Read a factsheet about transparency, one of the UK’s 3 priorities for the G8 this year.

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