The seventh session of IACA’s Assembly of Parties ended successfully in Vienna on Friday with the unanimous adoption of seven resolutions and the election of new members of the organization’s Board of Governors.
Throughout the two-day gathering, representatives voiced their strong support for IACA, underlined the importance of its global work, and gave strongly positive feedback on the quality and relevance of its academic degree programmes, open trainings, and tailor-made trainings.
Member States broadly commended IACA for its achievements and global recognition in spite of the Academy’s limited resources, underscored the necessity of a suitably well-funded general budget, and indicated desires for increased cooperation, including with regard to the organization’s financial resources and stability.
Following the elections to the Board of Governors, the organ will include new members, serving in their individual capacities, from the following countries: Egypt (African Group), China (Asia-Pacific Group), Iraq (Asia-Pacific Group), Republic of Korea (Asia-Pacific Group), and the Russian Federation (Eastern European Group). In addition, the appointee of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) was re-elected to the Board.
The Republic of Kazakhstan extended an invitation to IACA’s constituency to host the eighth session of the Assembly in 2019, an offer that was accepted with appreciation by the organization’s Parties.
The Assembly unanimously elected H.E. Mr. Víctor Alfredo Veltze Michel, Bolivia (Plurinational State of) (Latin American and Caribbean Group) as the President of the seventh session, succeeding H.E. Mr. Omar Amer Youssef, Egypt (African Group). H.E. Mr. Veltze Michel thanked the outgoing President for his excellent work and pledged his full support for the work of the Assembly.
The Vice Presidents of the seventh session are H.E. Mr. Dong-ik Shin, Republic of Korea (Asia-Pacific Group) and Mr. Gocha Lordkipanidze, Georgia (Eastern European Group). The Rapporteurs are Mr. Charles Oko, Nigeria (African Group) and Mr. Abdullah N. Al-Obaidi, Kuwait (Asia-Pacific Group).
More than 280 delegates from all regions of the world participated in the two-day gathering, which began on Thursday. The delegates represented more than 80 national and institutional delegations and included government ministers.
Fundraising activities and the financial stability of IACA were major themes throughout the conference. In their remarks to delegates on Thursday, Martin Kreutner, Dean of IACA and Executive Secretary to the Assembly, and Eduardo Vetere, Chairperson of the Board of Governors, strongly urged Parties to renew and reinforce their commitments to the organization in order to put it on a more stable and sustainable financial footing.
On Friday delegates received an overview of IACA’s programmes and activities and of progress in its core areas of work. This took the form of a series of short interventions from a panel of IACA staff and alumni from around the world.
Delegates attended two side events in the framework of the Assembly. One of these, jointly organized by IACA, the Republic of Austria, and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), discussed “Assessing and Addressing the Impact of Corruption on Migration”.
The other, hosted by the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the International Organizations in Vienna, focused on “Governance for Sustainable Development: Building Transparency and Accountability in Kazakhstan”.
In addition, IACA hosted a panel discussion entitled “Corruption Kills: Corruption and Aid”, with the aim of assessing the impact of corruption in the aid sector and identifying the major challenges in preventing and combating it.
Shortly after the conclusion of the Assembly, IACA signed a memorandum of understanding with the Agency for Prevention of Corruption of Montenegro, paving the way for closer mutual co-operation in the field of anti-corruption and compliance.
Documents from the Assembly, including speeches and adopted Resolutions, will be made available for download here.