Third Anniversary ReceptionIACA’s third anniversary as an international organization was celebrated by the diplomatic community, overseas guests, and IACA staff in the Palais Kaunitz-Wittgenstein campus building today.

Margarita Popova, Vice President of Bulgaria and Chairperson of the Board of Governors, and Panthep Klanarongran, President of the Thai National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) and President of the second session of IACA’s Assembly of Parties, were among the distinguished invitees.

Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA, opened the official reception with a brief overview of the progress achieved over the past year. “Since 8 March 2013, we are 16 Member States stronger, our partnerships have grown, and our activities continue to evolve”, he stated. “Education has the power to change the world”, Mr. Kreutner emphasized in quoting the late Nelson Mandela, “and ownership is now needed more than ever to allow this organization to fulfill this core aspect of its mandate”.

Mr. Kreutner and Mr. Klanarongran both commended the results achieved at the second session of the Assembly of Parties last December, generously hosted by the Kingdom of Thailand. As a token of commemoration, Mr. Klanarongran and the NACC presented IACA with two paintings by youth, portraying corruption-related themes. The first was Difference by Vissaroot Lerdlum and the second Within a Conceptual Framework by Pasuthee Weerachai. Both were on display during an exhibition organized by the NACC and IACA in honour of International Anti-Corruption Day on 9 December 2013, alongside the Assembly of Parties.

During the reception, guests also had the opportunity to enjoy a jazz band, an exhibition on the history of the IACA campus building, as well as a light show about IACA’s constituency.

Martin Kreutner

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