17th Conference of International Investigators Draws to a Successful Close

Some 130 internal investigators and representatives from almost 50 international organizations came to IACA last week for the 17th Conference of International Investigators (CII).

The event ended on 7 October after three days of lively discussion of issues such as organizational ethics, corruption and security, whistle-blowing policies, and staff misconduct investigations.

The agenda featured renowned moderators, speakers, and panellists from within the investigative network and beyond. There was a strong emphasis on best practices and new developments, and feedback at the end of the conference was highly positive.

After an opening keynote address last Wednesday from Professor Manfred Nowak on corruption and human rights, participants debated and networked in plenary sessions, workshops, and traditional Austrian social events. The conference was preceded by a two-day training programme.

Among the dozens of organizations represented were the UN, World Bank, World Health Organization, European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), European Investment Bank, and African Development Bank.

The CII was established in 1999 with the objective of assisting investigators and their offices in the professional conduct of their work, and to support their role in developing, maintaining, and improving the integrity of their organizations.

It is represented by the investigative office or function of participating international organizations, as established by a treaty or other instrument governed by international law and possessing their own international legal personality.

The 18th CII Conference in 2017 will be hosted by the New York-based UN organizations.

For more information, please visit www.conf-int-investigators.org.

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