Dialogue And Networking

Conference of the States Parties (COSP) to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), Abu Dhabi

Dialogue, networking, and international cooperation activities are an important part of IACA’s mandate. The Academy (co-)organized a number of anti-corruption and compliance events with key partners, participated in international and regional conferences, and welcomed new additions to its alumni network, which by the end of the year included professionals from 161 countries and jurisdictions.

IACA took part at the eighth session of the Conference of the States Parties (COSP) to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), convened in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) in December. Ms. Pohn-Hufnagl, IACA’s Officer-in-Charge who led IACA’s delegation, highlighted the work of the Academy and its contribution to the implementation of the UNCAC, as well as the need to support and maintain the institutions that are the backbone of the global anti-corruption efforts. On the first day of the Conference, IACA hosted a side event titled ‘“Educate-Engage-Empower” to Fight Corruption – The Cooperative Approach of the International Anti-Corruption Academy’. It was well attended and brought together four members of IACA’s Alumni Network who provided their perspectives on the impact of IACA’s educational activities and their experiences in the practice of anti-corruption after graduating from IACA programmes or while being enrolled at the Academy.

In January, the Academy participated in the Kuwait International Conference on Integrity for Development, organized by National Anti-Corruption Authority of the State of Kuwait (NAZAHA) in collaboration with the United Nations. The then Dean of IACA, Mr. Martin Kreutner, spoke at the session “Incorporating Integrity into Economic Reforms and Developing the Business Environment”, emphasizing among other issues the role of IACA in facilitating the implementation of the UNCAC regarding the role of private sector in preventing and combating corruption.

In June, IACA delivered two seminars and a workshop at its Laxenburg campus. The “Anti-Corruption Compliance, AML/CFT and Sanctions in the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU): Modern Trends and Challenges” seminar covered topics such as typologies of corruption and money laundering offences, distinctive features of AML/CFT and anti-corruption compliance, and the role of technology and data analyses for sanction compliance. The second seminar on “Protecting Whistleblowers: Handling their Concerns” dealt with current issues like the new EU Directive on the protection of whistleblowers, requirements for private sector organizations, and the use of electronic whistleblowing platforms. Lastly, the workshop on “Disruptive Compliance - what does the future look like for compliance functions?” focused on how data driven technologies will transform and digitalize compliance functions.

IACA supported and participated in many other international and regional conferences in 2019. These included, among others, the 37th Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime (September, Cambridge/United Kingdom), the Workshop on Clean Business Practices, co-organized with Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WKO) (October, Vienna/Austria), and the 2nd Anti-Corruption Academic Symposium jointly organized by UNODC and Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) (November, Moscow/Russian Federation).

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