DSC 0706On 28 October the 4th session of Conference of the States Parties (CoSP) to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) came to a successful close.

Hosted by the Kingdom of Morocco in Marrakech, the five-day event was attended by delegates from the States Parties and signatories, representing over 130 countries, as well as by representatives from observer organizations. Deliberations focused on the topics of asset recovery, prevention, technical assistance and progress in implementing the Convention itself. During the CoSP, IACA´s work was welcomed by numerous delegations and its establishment also included in the final conference documentation.


In the framework of the conference, the Academy also organized a side-event which witnessed the participation of around 200 delegates. The annual International Anti-Corruption Summer Academy (IACSA), a ten-day training event designed for familiarizing anti-corruption practitioners with contemporary insight in selected areas of corruption theory and anti-corruption practice, was introduced. Attendees also had the opportunity to hear about what IACSA has to offer from the perspective of one of this year´s alumni. The side-event also provided the opportunity for the presentation of the Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS), an eighteen-month executive, academic degree programme scheduled to start next year. 


The presentations were complimented by an interactive panel discussion on the topics of anti-corruption training and technical assistance. Panel speakers included Linda Dlamini, IACSA 2011 participant; Nikos Passas, Professor at the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University; John Sandage, Director of the Division for Treaty Affairs of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime; Mustapha Taimi, Director of the Moroccan National School of Administration; Slagjana Taseva, Chair of Transparency International FYR Macedonia; and Muhyieddeen Touq, Commissioner General of the National Centre for Human Rights in Jordan. This high-level forum was chaired by IACA’s Chair of the International Transition Team, Martin Kreutner.

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