Join our Side Events at the COSP to the UNCAC

The Academy will hold two side events during the Conference of the States Parties (COSP) to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), which opened in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation today.

The first, organized in cooperation with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), will take place tomorrow and focus on countering corruption in view of implementing the Agenda 2030 and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Ministers as well as high-level representatives from the United Nations and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) will discuss strategies for the achievement of the SDGs, including anti-corruption capacity-building and technical assistance.

The second IACA side-event, scheduled for Wednesday, 4 November, will explore the importance of the Academy’s anti-corruption programmmes in implementing the UNCAC, particularly with regard to prevention and asset recovery. Participants will have a chance to hear from IACA faculty, alumni, and students about how these can facilitate actors’ compliance with relevant provisions of the Convention.

All conference participants are invited to join the side events.

The COSP to the UNCAC was established to improve the capacity of and cooperation between States Parties to achieve the objectives set forth in the Convention and to promote and review its implementation. This sixth session in St. Petersburg will concentrate on key issues regarding asset recovery, prevention, and technical assistance.

Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA, is expected to address the high-level plenary later today. Stay tuned for updates.

Meeting with the Chargé d’Affaires of the United States of America

IACA received H.E. Ambassador Henry S. Ensher, Chargé d’Affaires of the United States of America to the International Organizations in Vienna, at its campus in Laxenburg on Friday, 23 October. During the working meeting, Ambassador Ensher and Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA, discussed the relevance of anti-corruption education and technical assistance in sustainable development efforts, and concrete measures for increased cooperation in this respect.

Ambassador Eshner reaffirmed his country’s commitment to the fight against corruption and IACA’s important mandate in empowering professionals. The United States of America is the co-sponsor of IACA’s Power of the Pen roundtables on ethical journalism since 2012, and has also supported its work through staff secondment.

Thai Ambassador Presents Credentials

On 27 October, H.E. Arthayudh Srisamoot, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Thailand to the International Organizations in Vienna, presented his credentials to Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA.

Thailand has been a strong supporter of IACA from the outset and formally acceded to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization in May 2011.

The county hosted the second session of IACA’s Assembly of Parties in Bangkok in December 2013, and Thai experts also sit on IACA’s Board of Governors and International Senior Advisory Board, respectively, serving in their individual capacities.

Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina Presents Credentials

On 27 October, H.E. Sanjin Halimović, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the International Organizations in Vienna, presented his credentials to Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA.

Bosnia and Herzegovina acceded to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization in May 2012.

Philippine Ambassador Presents Credentials

On 20 October, H.E. Ms. Maria Zeneida Angara Collinson, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of the Philippines to the International Organizations in Vienna, presented her credentials to Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA.

The Republic of the Philippines ratified the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization in June 2011.

IACA Dean Addresses OSCE Participating States on Security Sector Governance and Reform

Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary, shared IACA’s expertise on the importance of anti-corruption for Security Sector Governance and Reform (SSG/R) at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Security Committee meeting yesterday.

Alluding to the changed concept of security since the end of the Cold War and to emerging global threats, Mr. Kreutner spoke of corruption’s role in eroding trust in government, perpetuating instability and humanitarian tragedy, and undermining sustainable development as a whole.

“SSG/R must take into account and complement anti-corruption policies and strategies,” he said. “For these to be effective and comprehensive, they need to be embedded in a broader framework of accountable institution-building that promotes a steadfast human rights and rule of law-based approach to security services.”

“Each anti-corruption strategy must be tailored to the circumstances. However, all must embrace the four-pronged approach – prevention, education and public awareness, enforcement, and international cooperation.”

Mr. Kreutner was speaking in a panel discussion during this session of the OSCE Security Committee, whose Chair is currently exercised by Romania. He was joined by Ambassador Marcel Peško, Director of the OSCE Conflict Prevention Centre, Kálmán Mizsei, Head of the European Union Advisory Mission for Civilian Security Sector Reform Ukraine, and Laura Codruţa Kövesi, Chief Prosecutor of the Romanian National Anticorruption Directorate.

SSG/R activities have increasingly gained momentum and relevance on the international agenda as states and international organizations move towards more coordinated approaches and a broader contextualization of the issue.

The OSCE and IACA have a long-standing partnership based on a Memorandum of Understanding to undertake joint projects and activities to prevent and combat corruption and promote capacity- and institution-building programmes.

Working Visit to Lebanon

On 13 and 14 October, an IACA delegation headed by Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary, paid a working visit to Beirut at the invitation of the Lebanese Ministry of Justice.

The delegation met with a number of high-ranking officials, including H.E. Mr. Ashraf Rifi, Minister of Justice, H.E. Mr. Nabil de Freige, Minister of State for Administration and Reform, and Mr. Ghassan Moukheiber, a member of the Parliament’s Law and Justice Committee.

Discussions focused on concrete steps for strengthening cooperation, including organizing joint events, as well as possibilities to enhance multi-stakeholder engagement in the prevention of and fight against corruption. The Lebanese officials reiterated their country’s support for IACA and commended its efforts in providing professional training, helping stakeholders to strengthen their anti-corruption regimes, and offering neutral ground for dialogue and learning.

At a joint press conference hosted by Minister Rifi, Mr. Kreutner expressed IACA’s commitment to empowering Lebanese professionals and emphasized that the new United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda is a suitable framework for further cooperation.

The two sides agreed to include such measures in a future Memorandum of Understanding, and in his capacity as Chair of the Arab Anti-Corruption and Integrity Network (ACINET), Minister Rifi pledged to identify additional opportunities for collaboration between IACA and ACINET.

During the mission to Beirut, the delegation also met with Mr. Arkan El-Seblani, Manager of the UNDP Regional Project on Anti-Corruption and Integrity in the Arab Countries.

This was IACA’s first official visit to Lebanon. It served as a follow-up to a meeting between Minister Rifi and Mr. Kreutner in the framework of the Thirteenth United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Doha, Qatar, from 12 to 19 April.

Armenian Ambassador Presents Credentials

On 15 October, H.E. Mr. Arman Kirakossian, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Armenia to the International Organizations in Vienna, presented his credentials to Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA.

Armenia acceded to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization in January 2014.

Indonesian Ambassador Presents Credentials

On 15 October, H.E. Mr. Rachmat Budiman, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Indonesia to the International Organizations in Vienna, presented his credentials to Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA.

Indonesia is a long-standing partner of IACA and ratified the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization in September 2013. Just recently, from 28 September to 9 October, professionals from the country’s Audit Board participated in a tailor-made training designed by IACA, with a special focus on fraud prevention and detection.

IBA brings its take on global anti-corruption developments to IACA

Pascale Dubois, the World Bank’s Chief Suspension and Debarment Officer, moderated a panel at IACA yesterday on global anti-corruption developments, sparking a thought-provoking debate among experts, students, and alumni.

The panellists included several members of the International Bar Association (IBA) Anti-Corruption Committee: Nicola Bonucci, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) Legal Affairs Director, Robert Wyld and James Tillen, Co-Chairs of the Committee, as well as international lawyers Bruno Cova from Italy, Edward Davis from the United States, Sevi Firat from Turkey, Leopoldo Pagotto from Brazil, Babajide Ogundipe from Nigeria, and Eoin O’Shea from Ireland/ United Kingdom.

How have regulatory trends and the methodologies employed by international actors enforcing them evolved over time? How can corporate-self-protection be ensured, from cooperation to self-reporting and settlement? Why is whistleblowing becoming a fast gaining currency and how should whistleblowers’ legal protection be strengthened?

These were some of the core questions addressed last night. Participants also engaged in a lively discussion on emerging trends regarding civil remedies for victims and the policy dilemmas that these raise.

Ms. Dubois also spoke about sanctions and anti-corruption efforts at the World Bank and shared case studies on how corruption impacts development. “For a healthy prevention of corruption, you always, always have to have enforcement,” she emphasized.

The panel was organized in the framework of Module V of IACA’s Master of Arts in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) programme. Apart from the MACS 2014-2016 class, participants from IACA’s tailor-made training for the Audit Board of the Republic of Indonesia and alumni also joined the discussion.

Tailor-made Training for the Indonesian Audit Board

A tailor-made training for a group of investigative auditors from the Audit Board of the Republic of Indonesia (BPK) started at IACA last Monday, 28 September.

The compact, two-week programme addresses sector-specific vulnerabilities, with a special focus on fraud detection and prevention.

IACA has again drawn together an exceptional range of in-house and visiting faculty for this training. Guest lecturers include Friedrich Schneider, Member of IACA’s International Academic Advisory Board, Cathy James from Public Concern at Work, Caroline Nicholas from the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), and Ramakrishna Velamuri from the China Europe International Business School, among others.

Last week, participants were introduced to the latest research and trends on corruption measurements, organizational integrity, whistleblower protection, and good corporate governance. The programme continued this week with public procurement, before moving into case studies on fraud and investigation.

Yesterday participants joined IACA’s second Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) class for a roundtable discussion on anti-corruption developments, moderated by Pascale Dubois, Chief Suspension and Debarment Officer at the World Bank. Stay tuned for a detailed update on this event.

High-level Saudi Arabian Delegation at IACA

A high-level delegation from the Ministry of Justice of Saudi Arabia visited IACA on Monday, headed by Mr. Osama Alzaied, Undersecretary of the Ministry.

The delegation discussed anti-corruption education, expressing interest in IACA’s Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) programme and its tailor-made trainings. The meeting also explored the potential for cooperation with neighbouring countries under the Gulf Cooperation Council, of which Saudi Arabia is a member. Both sides agreed to foster further ties in the future.

The meeting followed a visit to Saudi Arabia in May by an IACA delegation led by Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary. Saudi Arabia became a Party to the IACA Agreement in 2013.

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