A civil society recap of the Americas Summit
Last week, over 350 participants from the Americas Open Government Community and beyond gathered in San Jose, Costa Rica to participate in OGP’s Regional Meeting.
#OGPSanJosé started with a civil society unconference that followed in the footsteps of Abrelatam. The proceedings were facilitated by SocialTIC and eighteen civil society representatives from all over the Americas region. During the breakout sessions proposed by the community (48 in total!), the participants discussed an array of topics from the inclusion of diverse civil society actors in the creation of action plans to peer learning across the region, to more issue-specific topics like open data and how to strategize around open contracting. OGP’s Civil Society Engagement team will work in the following weeks to synthesize the conclusions of the sessions and share them with the OGP community.
The unconference was followed by a two-day event with 47 breakout sessions, workshops, panels, country sessions, book presentations, and debates.
Plenaries included an inauguration by the President of Costa Rica, who highlighted the crucial role of civil society in preserving the participatory nature of democracies. A debate was held with the participation of speakers selected by the community including Senator Hernán Larraín from Chile, Juan Manuel Casanueva, Álvaro Ramírez, Nicolás Dassen, and Costa Rican Vice Minister Ana Gabriel Zúñiga.
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