Panellists from several leading international organizations discussed how corruption contributes to the activities of terrorist organizations and organized criminal groups, including increased smuggling of refugees and illegal migrants. The event took place in the framework of the eighth session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC) and the Protocols Thereto.
The discussion was moderated by Mr. Martin Kreutner, IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary, and featured several distinguished speakers: Mr. Patrick Moulette, Head of the Anti-Corruption Division, Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs, OECD; Ms. Gabriela Abado, Deputy Director General of the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD); Mr. Constantine Palicarsky, Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer, UNODC; Ms. Argentina Szabados, Regional Director for South-Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, International Organization for Migration (IOM); Mr. Eduard Ivanov, Compliance and Collective Action Department, IACA; and Mr. Servatius Van Thiel, Delegation of the European Union to the International Organizations in Vienna.
IACA and the OECD previously held another joint side event in May on "Terrorism and Corruption" within the framework of the 25th session of the United Nations’ Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) in Vienna.
In addition, on 18 October IACA briefed Permanent Missions on recent institutional developments, programmes, and trainings, including the launch of its new Master in Anti-Corruption Compliance and Collective Action.