IACA today stressed the importance of international cooperation to the further implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) and fulfilment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Addressing the high-level segment of the Seventh Session of the Conference of the States Parties to the UNCAC in Vienna, Martin Kreutner, IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary, said that successful anti-corruption efforts rely on international cooperation “not only in spirit and with warm words, but also through practical steps and concrete deeds”.
He added that working harder together to implement the UNCAC is crucial to fulfilling the 2030 Agenda with its 17 goals, including Goal 16 with its target to “substantially reduce corruption and bribery in all its forms”.
“Should we fail in this task, future generations will judge us harshly and ask why we didn’t do more. But I am convinced that by working together we have the power to make a difference and thus move towards more social, economic, and political prosperity, towards a fairer world, and towards more equity and equality,” Mr. Kreutner concluded.
Over 1,600 participants from Member States, parliaments, intergovernmental organizations, civil society, and the private sector are attending the Conference, which continues until Friday.
Throughout the week-long gathering, IACA is highlighting how its programmes and trainings help countries to enhance their anti-corruption capacities in accordance with relevant chapters of the UNCAC, in particular those dealing with prevention and asset recovery.
These programmes include, among others, the Master in Anti-Corruption Studies, the new International Master in Anti-Corruption Compliance and Collective Action for business professionals, and the IACA Regional Summer Academy - Middle East taking place in Kuwait City from 9 to 14 December this year. IACA already has an alumni network of more than 1,250 professionals from 153 countries and jurisdictions.
Within the framework of the Conference the organization hosted a side event today on “Development of Anti-corruption Compliance and Collective Action: Modern Challenges and Trends”. A second panel discussion, to be held on Thursday, is jointly organized by IACA and INTERPOL and takes the theme of “Corruption and Economic Crime in Cyberspace”.
The States Parties meet every two years to review implementation of the UNCAC and discuss ways to improve cooperation between them to achieve the Convention's objectives.