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Open Government Partnership launches new subnational programme; Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo hosts historic international gathering of local leaders

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    Bringing citizens closer to the local governments that serve them"

    PARIS, FRANCE December 9, 2016 - The Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, hosted a dedicated subnational open government track with government leaders and civil society partners from 15 cities, subnational and devolved governments around the world as part of the 4th Open Government Partnership (OGP) Global Summit.

    Leading voices in local government from major cities, counties, provinces, regions, and states across the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Africa, signed up to bold commitments and new initiatives designed to have real impact on the lives of their citizens. They range from:

    • Tackling homelessness in Austin, Texas by better informing funding and policy-making;

    • Improving the quality of public services working with community health projects in Bojonegoro, Indonesia;

    • Improving education by Increasing the transparency of online data and receipts of the free education fund in Kigoma, Tanzania.

    Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo said: ?The local government  gathering in Paris is a historic achievement that demonstrates how indispensable city participation is in overcoming the challenges of our century,.? ?We have proven this on the question of climate by organizing a Summit of 1000 mayors during the COP21. We will continue to prove this every day by constantly sharing best practices and common goals with cities from all over the world through programs such as the OGP Subnational Program.?

    Government and civil society leaders from Austin, United States; Bojonegoro, Indonesia; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Elgeyo Marakwet, Kenya; Jalisco, Mexico; Kigoma, Tanzania; La Libertad, Peru; Madrid, Spain; Ontario, Canada; Paris, France; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Scotland, United Kingdom; Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana; Seoul, South Korea and Tbilisi, Georgia met for the first time to launch their Action Plans and share experiences and good practices with citizens and civil society organizations as they embark on the implementation of their open government commitments.

    Joe Powell, Deputy Director of Open Government Partnership, said: ?Open government comes alive at the subnational level, where citizens receive services and we can tackle everyday problems facing societies. This subnational event is a sign of the growing desire of governments and civil society at the local level to build trust and open up. The subnational governments participating in this OGP program have taken a huge step towards more open and responsive government."

    The three day OGP Summit began December 7th with over a dozen heads of state, thousands of civil society leaders and other high-level open government reformers calling for greater openness in government to serve as a countervailing force against rising authoritarianism and shrinking civic space in many parts of the world. This is the first Summit to feature the OGP's new Subnational Pilot Program, which launched in April. 


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