Inaugural ConferenceThe inauguration of the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) at the Conference, "From Vision to Reality: A New and Holistic Approach to Fighting Corruption" on 2-3 September 2010, at the Hofburg in Vienna, is proof that a vision can become a reality.

More than 1,000 participants attended from over 120 UN Member States and over 25 organizations and institutions from the private and business sector, civil society, academia and the media.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in his addressing speech, told the audience that the establishment of the Academy represents a “milestone” in the global efforts to combat corruption. He further noted that attitudes towards this menace are changing, and that the intolerance of it is growing. Mr. Ban’s presence at the Conference renews the commitment of the United Nations to the anti-corruption agenda and to transparency.

The Academy is proud to announce that 35 UN Member States and the European Public Law Organization signed the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization, and highlighted their strong commitment to join forces in the fight against corruption. The first round for signatures will be open until 31 December 2010 and these signatories will still be considered Founding Members of IACA.