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GLOW LAUNCH EVENT: Open Legislatures at Home and Around the World

  • OpenGov Hub 1110 Vermont Avenue Northwest Suite 500 Washington, DC, 20005 United States (map)


In celebration of the third annual Global Legislative Openness Week, the OpenGov Foundation, Sunlight Foundation, National Democratic Institute and other partner organizations will convene a two-part panel discussion to explore the importance of open legislatures, discuss legislative openness initiatives around the world, and consider openness priorities for the 115th Congress. 

Global Legislative Openness Week (GLOW) is a celebration of open, participatory legislative processes around the world. It is an opportunity for diverse stakeholders—in parliaments, governments and civil society—to collaborate and make progress toward adopting and implementing openness reforms. The week is coordinated by members of the Open Government Partnership’s Legislative Openness Working Group and the broader parliamentary openness community, particularly the civil society network. The launch event kicks off a series of events and activities to mark GLOW, including a legislative hackathon in Taiwan, the launch of a legislative openness reform plan in Kosovo, a civil society campaign for openness reform in Liberia, and more.

This event will be livestreamed via YouTube Live. Please check the GLOW website for more information. 



10:00 AM - 10:15 AM     Welcome 

  • Scott Hubli, Director of Governance Programs, National Democratic Institute

  • Nada Zohdy, Manager, OpenGov Hub


10:15 AM - 11:15 AM     Openness and the 115th Congress: Civil Society Priorities and Projects 

With elections quickly approaching, GLOW provides an opportunity to reflect on both recent efforts to open Congress to the public and priorities for the 115th Congress. This panel of leading domestic civil society experts will introduce their work and identify the most important openness issues to be addressed in the 115th Congress. 


11:15 AM - 12:15 PM    Legislative Openness Around the World: Parliaments and the Open Government Partnership 

This panel will consider international efforts to advance legislative openness, specifically the role of parliaments in the Open Government Partnership. A general overview of the status of legislative participation in OGP will be provided and panelists will discuss opportunities for deepening legislative engagement. This portion of the event will also feature presentations via video link to provide updates on the status of legislative openness reform issues around the world.


12:15 PM - 1:00 PM        Lunch Reception

Following the program, an informal, light lunch will be served.