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Wednesday, October 28

6:00pm CST

Press Freedom and Open Government

What’s the best way to advance press freedom and the safety of journalists within the OGP process? This session seeks to answer the question through a detailed examination of the situation facing Mexico, the host of the OGP Summit and one of the world’s most dangerous countries for journalists. It will be conducted in a “fishbowl” format and will feature leading journalists and media activists like Norma Trujillo and Daniela Pastrana. Representatives from the Colombian and Mexican government will discuss actions they’ve taken, such as the creation of a special protection mechanism for journalists under threat. 

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Joel Simon

Executive Director, Committee to Protect Journalists
I'm passionate about journalism and press freedom, and believe in the power of information to transform our lives. Before joining the Committee to Protect Journalists I worked as a journalist in Mexico and Central America. I'm the author of two books, Endangered Mexico (1997) and... Read More →


Wednesday October 28, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm CST
Palacio de Minería
Thursday, October 29

10:00am CST

Innovative Strategies to Increase Civic Space: A Critical Condition for the Future of the OGP and SDGs

A strong and vibrant civil society is important for a sustainable and just development and a pre-condition to achieve the SDGs. During the session we want to create a multi-stakeholder space to understand the trends in terms of role and space for civil society in different countries. From there on it will explore new ways of supporting civic space and the enabling environment for civil society as a critical precondition for a functioning OGP and achievement of SDGs. This should lead than to a number of on action points that can be taken up in the OGP National Action plans.

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Cornelius Hacking

Senior Policy Officer, Civil Society Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands
After almost 24 years abroad, Cornelius returned to the Netherlands in 2013. Previous positions include Policy Officer at the European Commission (in Brussels) working on Aid Effectiveness of the EU and of Member States and First Secretary to the Royal Netherlands Embassies in Pretoria... Read More →

Thursday October 29, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am CST
Palacio de Minería
  Civic Space, Panel

2:00pm CST

Civic Space Monitor - a New Tool for Tracking Civic Space
This session will showcase new tools under development at CIVICUS that track and measure the quality of civic space around the world. The session's panel discussion format includes presentations on the Civic Space Monitor concept as well as Civic Pulse. Panelists will discuss what has been going on behind the scenes with these initiatives.

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Cathal Gilbert

Civic Space Research Cluster Lead, Civicus: World Alliance for Citizen Participation
I am a researcher at CIVICUS focusing on civic space and human rights. For the last nine years I have worked with civil society in East and Southern Africa. I am currently focusing on developing the Civic Space Monitor - a global tool for tracking citizen conditions in real time... Read More →

Thursday October 29, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm CST
Palacio de Minería