Prime Minister welcomes the 2019 Open Government Partnership Global Summit to Ottawa

News release

May 24, 2019 – Ottawa, Ontario – Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, is welcoming citizens, governments, civil society organizations and thought leaders from around the world to the 2019 Canada Open Government Partnership (OGP) Global Summit. The Prime Minister will be joined by several Canadian ministers at next week’s summit. 

More than 2,000 participants from over 100 countries will attend the summit, where they will share their knowledge and solutions for more open and transparent government in a time of technological disruption. Participants include innovators who are leveraging open data for public good, community organizers who are deepening citizen participation, and government leaders who are establishing initiatives for transparency, accountability and citizen participation.

Over 100 sessions, participants will discuss a diverse range of related issues, from the growth of misinformation and disinformation to feminist open government, artificial intelligence, data sovereignty and open justice.

Canada, as current co-chair of the OGP, is among the leading nations in supporting and advancing the principles of Open Government. Hosting the summit provides us with an opportunity to deepen our expertise and build connections with other governments and civil society members, so that we can rise to the challenges and opportunities of our increasingly digitally connected world.

The summit follows Canada’s commitment to the Christchurch Call to Action, and the launch of our Digital Charter – both aimed at building a foundation of trust in the digital world.

Media representatives who wish to cover the OGP Global Summit must apply for accreditation using the online application process.

Quotes

“Canada has long shown what is possible with open government. In a digital world that defies borders, open government actions matter more than ever in order for governments to be responsive, accountable and fair to citizens. The summit will show that citizens and governments around the world must work together to address the world’s most pressing challenges to democracy to drive actions that benefit everyone.”

-       The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

“Together, with countries from around the world, Canada continues building on its international open government leadership to strengthen the future of democracy. We are committed to making government more open at home and abroad, and invite all Canadians from coast to coast to coast to participate in this important event.”

-       The Honourable Joyce Murray, President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Digital Government

Quick facts

  • Canada is playing a leadership role in the Open Government Partnership (OGP) to advance open government practices in almost 80 countries. 

  • Canada has been a member of the Open Government Partnership since 2012 and is the lead government chair for 2018 to 2019. In this capacity, it is focusing on advancing 3 priorities: inclusion, participation and impact.

  • Journalists from Canada and the world will be given open access to many events, public decision makers, and subject matter experts to support healthy and reliable coverage.

  • Canada is hosting this 6th Global Summit, following the 5th Global Summit that was hosted in 2018 in Georgia.

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Contacts

Farees Nathoo
Media Relations
Office of the President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Digital Government
613-369-3170

Media Relations
Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
Telephone: 613-369-9400
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