DSC 0368The seventh session of IACA’s Assembly of Parties opened on Thursday in Vienna with more than 270 delegates from all regions of the world.

The delegates, representing more than 70 national and institutional delegations and including government ministers, will spend the two–day meeting discussing IACA’s overall objectives and strategy. Prominent agenda items include fundraising activities and the financial stability of the Academy, the implementation of its current Work Programme, and elections to its Board of Governors.

The session was opened by the President of the Assembly, H.E. Mr. Omar Amer Youssef, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the International Organizations in Vienna (African Group), who expressed confidence that this session would further strengthen the organization and its vital work.

In his address, Martin Kreutner, IACA’s Dean and the Executive Secretary to the Assembly, warned that corruption poses a serious threat to the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and urged delegations to increase their support for the Academy.

“The fight against corruption is one that the world simply must win. By your actions at this Assembly — and in particular by taking much stronger ownership of the organization — you can enable IACA to play a larger and more effective role in this struggle,” he concluded.

Parties expressed their strong support for IACA’s work and broadly commended the organization for its achievements. They gave highly positive feedback on its numerous academic degree programmes and trainings, including the Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) and International Master in Anti-Corruption Compliance and Collective Action (IMACC) as well as its Regional Summer Academies and tailor-made trainings.

DSC 0789In his report to the Assembly, Eduardo Vetere, Chairperson of IACA’s Board of Governors, thanked his colleagues on the Board, including the outgoing members, for their constant and highly valuable engagement and support.

He congratulated IACA for its achievements to date and for having created an established global brand in anti-corruption and compliance education in spite of extremely limited human and financial resources.

The Chairperson thanked those Parties that had made financial contributions to IACA’s general budget, noting in particular host country Austria’s continued engagement and generous support over many years. He also expressed gratitude to Liechtenstein for making the first ever financial contribution to IACA in accordance with the “let crime pay" principle”, as well as to Pakistan for its financial contribution to the IACA library.

However, Mr. Vetere strongly urged Parties to renew and reinforce their commitments to IACA, in particular to put the organization on a more stable and sustainable financial footing.

“Improving IACA’s financial situation requires wholehearted support from its constituency. By ‘support’, I do not mean discussions and nice words. I mean concrete resource commitments,” he said.

Delegates also attended a side event on Thursday on the impact of corruption on migration.

The session will continue on Friday. Further updates will be published on IACA’s website and social media channels, and speeches will be made available for download here.