Dear network - please see note from Nathaniel Heller (OGP Civil Society Co-Chair) about potential commitments in action plans stemming from the Ottawa Global Summit. Without an action plan, this seems like something not to have to think about, but I will be checking with DCMS officials to see if they are planning something, as I am sure we do not want a surprise commitment with no engagement with civil society!
Dear friends – With apologies for a second mass email in as many weeks, I wanted to share with the OGP civil society community an important message sent to all
OGP ministers earlier this week. In the letter, the OGP co-chairs (Minister Joyce Murray of the government of Canada and myself) call on OGP governments and civil society to view the summit as an opportunity to deliver concrete actions addressing the summit’s
key themes and focal areas: gender and inclusion, civic space, and strengthening democratic governance in the digital age. While this call to action by no means replaces the core OGP co-creation process around national and local commitments, we hope to see
a number of governments, in partnership with civil society, delivering and highlighting a range of existing and new commitments around these topics in Ottawa.
I encourage you to ask your respective government counterparts if they have received the letter, and to urge them to distribute the letter to your respective domestic
OGP multi-stakeholder forum (MSF). We hope that MSFs will explore how the Summit can be an action-forcing moment to increase the ambition of your country’s current OGP Action Plan, and/or to commit to an ambitious commitment in your next OGP Action Plan.
OGP Civil Society Co-Chair
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