The first session of IACA’s Assembly of Parties took place in Vienna, Austria, bringing together delegations from 34 Parties and 54 Observers, and witnessing the participation of a Deputy Head of State and over a dozen Ministers.
The Assembly was presided over by Johanna Mikl-Leitner, the Austrian Minister of Interior, followed by Margarita Popova, the Vice President of Bulgaria. The first day of the session featured a high-level/ministerial segment. States Parties reaffirmed their commitment to IACA, with several speakers emphasizing the need for collective financial ownership as a means for the Academy’s prosperous development.
The convening of the Assembly marked the official end of IACA’s transition phase and the dissolution of the Provisional Commission, formerly mandated with preparatory work in view of it. A total of five resolutions were unanimously adopted, dealing with rules of procedure, elections, general matters, the conference report, and the convening and agenda of the next session. The Board of Governors, consisting of 11 members from the Academy’s constituency, was elected by consensus, and the Assembly acknowledged, and endorsed all previously concluded documents forming part of the Academy’s acquis.
The Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) programme was launched in the framework of this session. A panel discussion on the programme itself and the necessity of anti-corruption education in general took place. The panellists included Ivan Atauyambe, a MACS participant, Birgit Forstnig-Errath, Director of Collective Action at Siemens AG, Dato’ Abu Kassim bin Mohamed, Chief Commissioner of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, and Nikos Passas, member of the MACS Programme Consortium.
In the course of the Assembly, the Academy entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Civil Service and Modernization of Administration of the Kingdom of Morocco and the International Ombudsman Institute; a development welcomed by the constituency.
On the evening of 29 November, delegates were invited to an official dinner in the Hofburg Palace, while a guided tour of IACA’s campus was offered in the afternoon of 30 November.
The official conference report is available here. The second session of the Assembly of Parties will take place in Thailand in the fourth quarter of 2013.