IOM webIACA further strengthened its ties with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Monday when it gained observer status at the Geneva-based body.

Martin Kreutner, IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary, said the IOM Council’s decision will enable the two organizations to work together even more closely to address the corruption-related challenges of migration and thereby contribute to the fulfilment of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Addressing the IOM Council’s latest session, Mr. Kreutner informed participants that IACA and the IOM could join forces on a range of new educational, capacity-building, technical assistance, and awareness-raising activities.

“I strongly believe there is great scope for further cooperation between the IOM, a leading global organization focusing on migration management, and IACA, an international centre of excellence in anti-corruption,” he said.

The IOM is already a Party to the IACA Agreement, and the two organizations have previously worked together to explore the links between migration and anti-corruption. Most recently, in October this year Ms. Argentina Szabados, the IOM’s Regional Director for South-Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, was a speaker in an IACA-OECD panel discussion on organized crime, terrorism, and corruption, with a focus on irregular migration. The event took place in Vienna in the framework of the eighth session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC).

IACA is also an observer to the United Nations General Assembly, the Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO), and the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Furthermore, in 2015 alone IACA’s capacity-building activities and specialized curricula in the fight against corruption received explicit tribute in two UN resolutions.