flags smallIACA hosted a well-attended briefing for Permanent Missions in Vienna last week on current developments at the organization, in particular preparations for the upcoming sixth session of its Assembly of Parties (AoP) from 2 to 4 October in Sharm El Sheikh, Arab Republic of Egypt.

Representatives of IACA informed participants in the briefing about various AoP-related matters, including submission of credentials, registration for the session, draft documents, logistical issues, and other organizational aspects. This was followed by a question-and-answer session that reflected the high level of interest in the room.

Further details about the upcoming session will soon be available here.

The briefing contained additional updates on the Academy’s programmes and activities, including its new fee discount scheme for participants from IACA’s Parties and for registered Alumni.

Recent and forthcoming highlights include a busy summer of standardized (open) trainings, increasingly strong demand for IACA’s customized tailor-made trainings, and two academic degree programmes that are currently open for applications.

The fifth intake of the Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) will start its studies in October this year, and IACA will soon begin accepting applications for the class that begins in autumn 2018. In addition, the new International Master in Anti-Corruption Compliance and Collective Action (IMACC) will start later in 2017 and is open for applications. This is the first master’s programme specially designed for practitioners involved with the business sector in these fields.

Also in Vienna last week, IACA contributed to two meetings of the Working Groups of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) – one on Prevention of Corruption and the other on Asset Recovery. In its respective statements the organization emphasized how its programmes and activities are helping countries to further implement the UNCAC in these areas.