iStock 478266512 webIACA will reiterate its firm commitment to advancing the goals of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) at a major global conference in Vienna next week.

The Seventh Session of the Conference of the States Parties to the UNCAC, which is taking place from 6 to 10 November at the Vienna International Centre, will bring together participants from governments, regional and intergovernmental organizations, civil society, and the private sector.

Martin Kreutner, IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary, will address the high-level segment of the Conference. He will emphasize how the organization’s education, training, research, capacity-building, technical assistance, and awareness-raising activities contribute to the further implementation of the UNCAC by empowering anti-corruption and compliance professionals around the world.

In addition, IACA is hosting two side events within the framework of the Conference and invites all participants to join.

The first panel discussion, on 8 November, will focus on “Development of Anti-corruption Compliance and Collective Action: Modern Challenges and Trends,” featuring speakers from the UNCITRAL Secretariat, Basel Institute on Governance, SOS Children’s Villages International, and Siemens.

The second event, on 9 November, is jointly organized by IACA and INTERPOL and takes the theme of “Corruption and Economic Crime in Cyberspace”. Panellists include practitioners and academics from IACA, INTERPOL, the OSCE, and Stadler Völkel Rechtsanwälte GmbH.

The States Parties to the UNCAC meet every two years to review its implementation and discuss ways to improve cooperation between them to achieve the Convention's objectives. Prominent themes at this session include preventing corruption, international cooperation in asset recovery, and sports integrity.

The UNCAC entered into force in 2005 and introduced a state-owned review mechanism in 2009, under which countries monitor each other to see whether implementation is on schedule.

Further details about the Conference are available here, and IACA will publish updates on its website and social media channels throughout next week. The Sixth Session of the Conference took place in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation, in 2015.