ECOSOCFrom 8 to 10 July, IACA took part in the United Nations Economic and Social Council’s (ECOSOC) high-level panel on accountability, transparency and sustainable development. The panel’s goal was to draw attention to the relationship between corruption and development and to promote an exchange of views on innovative approaches and partnerships in combatting corruption.

Moreover, it served to advocate renewed commitment for the ratification of the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) and the full implementation of its provisions.

Opening remarks were delivered by ECOSOC President Miloš Koterec, UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, and the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Yuri Fedotov.The Chair of IACA’s International Transition Team and Executive Secretary to its Provisional Commission, Martin Kreutner, participated as a panellist on the topic of creating inclusive and cohesive societies - a multidisciplinary approach to combating corruption for development. In referring to the Millennium Development Goals, he recalled the provisions of the subject UN resolution of September 2000, emphasizing the need for “upholding the principles of human dignity, equality and equity at the global level”, and stressing the importance of fundamental values such as “freedom, equality, solidarity, tolerance, the respect for nature, and shared responsibility”, all of which are “drastically undermined by corruption” as Mr. Kreutner pointed out.

With respect to challenges being turned into solutions, Mr. Kreutner presented IACA as a step in the right direction for the fight against corruption. Short and long-term policies as well as strategies and programmes that promote integrity, professionalism and accountability and prevent corruption were also discussed. This event marked the first high-level anti-corruption panel in the history of this UN central forum for economic and social issues. It witnessed broad interest and interactive debates between state representatives, non-governmental organizations and the panellists. Upon his return from Japan, the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon delivered a statement in the closing session of the panel.The International Anti-Corruption Academy has been an observer to ECOSOC since July 2011.