IACA marked its sixth anniversary as an international organization on 8 March by welcoming dozens of distinguished guests to a festive reception at its Laxenburg campus. Joining the celebrations were ambassadors and other members of the diplomatic community, heads of Vienna-based international organizations, members of IACA’s Board of Governors, and prominent officials from Austrian federal authorities and the municipality of Laxenburg.
Addressing the guests, Mr. Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary, highlighted some of IACA’s many achievements over the past year. These included further recognition in a UN General Assembly Resolution adopted in December 2016, as well as the Indian Government (again) acknowledging IACA’s Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) – together with long-term training programmes of only five other universities, namely Harvard, Oxford, Johns Hopkins, Duke, and Cambridge – as being recognized and supported under the Government’s Domestic Funding of Foreign Training (DFFT) Scheme.
Among other highlights were the signing in February 2017 of a memorandum of understanding with INTERPOL, one of the organization’s initiating partners, and the expansion of IACA’s alumni network of anti-corruption and compliance professionals to 151 countries and jurisdictions.
Looking forward, Mr. Kreutner announced the launch of the Academy’s new International Master in Anti-Corruption Compliance and Collective Action (IMACC), the first master’s programme specially designed for practitioners involved with the business sector in these fields. In addition, IACA has recently introduced a PhD programme in anti-corruption studies, with a small initial enrolment of students, as well as a new research fellowship programme for young researchers in the areas of anti-corruption, compliance, and/or collective action.
“All these achievements and exciting new initiatives would not be possible without the support and commitment of many stakeholders. I would like to thank IACA’s constituency, including our host country Austria, our colleagues in IACA’s Boards and the Bureau of the Assembly of Parties, IACA’s staff for their effort and dedication, and all our partners and friends. There is much still to do of course, but today, our sixth anniversary, is an occasion to celebrate!” Mr. Kreutner said.
The guests also watched a special photo story featuring highlights of IACA’s work during the last 12 months.
H.E. Mr. Rafael Grossi, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Argentine Republic to the International Organizations in Vienna and President of the Fifth Session of IACA’s Assembly of Parties, emphasized the importance of the Academy’s work in the context of realizing the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
His remarks were followed by those of Mr. Eduardo Vetere, who was unanimously re-elected as Chairperson of IACA’s Board of Governors at the Board’s meeting on 7 and 8 March.
IACA was initiated by INTERPOL, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), the Republic of Austria, and other stakeholders. It became an international organization on 8 March 2011 and currently has a constituency of 70 Parties, including three international organizations.