IACA Calls for Robust Anti-Corruption Efforts at the UN Crime Congress

Over 4,000 policymakers and practitioners came together in Doha, Qatar this week to consider how best to integrate crime prevention and criminal justice into the wider United Nations agenda.

This 13th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice marked the 60th anniversary of the global forum. The Doha Declaration, a political document containing recommendations on how the rule of law can protect and promote sustainable development, was adopted with broad consensus at the beginning of the week. The declaration also emphasizes education’s fundamental role in the fight against corruption and invites nations to prevent corruption, enhance transparency and integrity.

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The Academy participated in a number of workshops and panels throughout the week, urging for increased anti-corruption efforts to protect and promote sustainable development. Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA, addressed Ministers and other distinguished government representatives at the high-level segment, advocating for a strong and robust anti-corruption component in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

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“Corruption is the antithesis vis-à-vis human rights, the venom vis-à-vis the rule of law, the poison for prosperity and development, the reverse of equity and equality,” he said, cautioning that all Sustainable Development Goals run the risk of being severely undermined by corruption.

His speech is available for download below and as a video stream through United Nations Web TV. For a full press release on the high-level segment, visit the United Nations website.

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The Dean and Executive Secretary also contributed to the work of the high-level event on the rule of law, human rights, and the Post 2015-Development Agenda, the panel on the United Nations Institutional Integrity Initiative, and participated in Workshop 4 with a statement on the role of private sector business in crime prevention and criminal justice.

The Congress is taking place just months ahead of the major United Nations summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda in New York in September.

The Academy’s side event on the role of education in promoting the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals attracted widespread participation yesterday. Delegates had a chance to hear from Dimitri Vlassis, Executive Secretary of the Congress and Chief of UNODC’s Corruption and Economic Crimes Branch, Michael Hershman, Chair of IACA’s International Senior Advisory Board, Arjun Ahluwalia, legal entrepreneur and graduate of IACA’s Master in Anti-Corruption Studies programme as well as the Dean and Executive Secretary.

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The Academy’s capacity-building programmes, research, and networking projects in anti-corruption, compliance, and collective action presented during the side-event were also on display at the IACA exhibition stand throughout the week.

On the margins of the Congress, the Dean and Executive Secretary had bilateral meetings with more than a dozen high-level state officials, including the Justice Minister as well as the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Prosecutor General of the Crime Congress host country, Qatar. The Academy also entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Qatari Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Centre and delivered a presentation at the country’s Diplomatic Institute.

The next United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice will take place in Japan in 2020.

Statement by Martin Kreutner during the High-Level Segment

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On Sustainable Development – Martin Kreutner addresses the UN Crime Congress

As the 13th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice continued its work, Qatar, Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA, addressed the high-level segment yesterday, advocating for a strong and robust anti-corruption component in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

“Corruption is the antithesis vis-à-vis human rights, the venom vis-à-vis the rule of law, the poison for prosperity and development, the reverse of equity and equality,” he said.

Mr. Kreutner spotlighted the critical link between corruption and sustainable development, emphasizing that all Sustainable Development Goals run the risk of being severely undermined by it.

He referred to the power of education to act as a catalyst for greater equality and equity, fair and just societies, as well as peace and security. “Investing in anti-corruption education and empowerment is the smart way towards sustainable development, safeguarding human rights, and strengthening the rule of law”, he added.

The United Nations Crime Congress, running through 19 April was opened by the Prime Minister of Qatar, Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani and the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon. The forum, held every five years, is taking place just months ahead of the major United Nations summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda in New York in September.

A video stream video of Mr. Kreutner's speech is available through United Nations Web TV.

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Dispatch from the United Nations Crime Congress

The Academy will hold two side-events and an exhibition at the 13th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, taking place in Doha, Qatar from 12 April to 19 April.

The first side-event, scheduled for Tuesday, 14 April, will explore the link between anti-corruption, education, and the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. The second, to be held on Thursday, 16 April, will focus on IACA’s research and training activities in the fields of anti-corruption, compliance, and collective action. All conference participants are invited to join.

The Academy’s exhibition will be on display throughout the week, with information on capacity-building trainings, research, and publications.

Every five years, the Crime Congress brings together high-level representatives of governments, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, and criminal justice professionals to discuss common concerns, share experiences, and seek viable solutions to problems related to crime prevention and criminal justice.

This year, the focus is on the integration of crime prevention and criminal justice into the wider United Nations agenda to address social and economic challenges and to promote the rule of law and public participation. IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary, Martin Kreutner, will share his views on the issue during the high-level segment tomorrow afternoon.

Stay tuned for more information from the Crime Congress at the end of the week.

Malaysia Pledges 50,000 EUR to IACA

The Government of Malaysia contributed 50,000 EUR to IACA’s general budget today. The financial assistance will support the growing work of the organization and facilitate the implementation of the Work Programme 2014 – 2016, adopted by the Assembly of Parties in 2013.

Malaysia has been one of the organization’s strongest partners since its inception and joined as a State Party in January 2012.

In May 2014, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission also hosted Module VI of IACA’s Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Academy.

Ambassador of Montenegro Presents Credentials

On 10 April, H.E. Ms. Slavica Milačić, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Montenegro to the International Organizations in Vienna, presented her credentials to Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA.

Montenegro has been a Party to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization since April 2013.

33rd Cambridge International Symposium – Register Now

The Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime at Jesus College, University of Cambridge will take place for the 33rdconsecutive year, from 6 to 13 September 2015.

Titled “The Limits of the Law – the role of compliance in the 21stCentury”, the symposium will focus on the role of key players in compliance, the promotion of integrity, and how laws can be reinforced. In excess of 350 speakers, more than a dozen plenary sessions, workshops, and think tank activities will seek to address the problem and the everyday challenges around it.

This non-profit event is supported by IACA for the third year in a row, along with a host of academic institutions worldwide. Last year, it attracted well over 1,600 participants from more than 100 countries.

A detailed programme, including the list of speakers, is available below.

The registration and payment deadline is 14 August. To register, click here.

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Procurement Anti-Corruption Training - Applications Open

This August/September, we invite you to join us at the third Procurement Anti-Corruption Training. Applications opened today and will close on 5 July.

The Procurement Anti-Corruption Training is specifically tailored to provide established public procurement practitioners with sound anti-corruption strategies and technical exposure to the vulnerabilities in the public procurement process. The programme runs from 24 August to 18 September, combining a week of lectures at IACA’s campus and distance learning.

Courses are delivered by Professor Christopher Yukins from the George Washington University Law School and Max Kaiser Aranda from the Center for Anti-Corruption Studies at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de Mexico, and complemented by online sessions with guest lecturers from international organizations, companies, and national administrations. The topics to be examined range from tendering and bidding processes to active enforcement and compliance with the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC).

By the end of the programme, participants will have prepared an analytical paper that explores an important anti-corruption strategy and recommends how it could be implemented in their respective countries.

Click here to read alumna Stephanie Campos’ recently published paper on the Brazilian debarment system, prepared as part of the coursework.

For more detailed information on the training and to apply, click here.

Five Individual Stories of Action and Direct Impact

For the Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) 2012 - 2014, IACA offered five full scholarships owing to the generous support of the Siemens Integrity Initiative and Phillip Morris International. They were awarded on a competitive basis to five students and seasoned practitioners from different Least Developed Countries (LDCs).

The scholarships enabled these students to take part in the prestigious in-career programme and they used the occasion optimally. All five recipients were already involved in anti-corruption and compliance for many years, but their participation in the MACS gave them the opportunity to explore the topic beyond usual boundaries and thus actively shape and further develop their professional identities.

The MACS programme encourages professionals to appreciate and analyze the core elements of anti-corruption and compliance and equips them with key leadership skills and strategies for turnaround success. Besides diligent study, the exchanges and shared vision empower the students to raise awareness and improve practice.

The 31 students originally admitted to the MACS 2012 - 2014, were exposed to 36 professors and senior lecturers from all around the world.

The scholarship recipients are living proof that the exchange of knowledge and best practices, the teaching, inspiration, and networking of the MACS creates opportunities, success, and change.

IACA recently received a warm letter of appreciation from the scholarship holders in which they described how the grants enabled them to start making real positive change through their jobs.

“The knowledge and skills we obtained from attending the MACS programme has not only changed our lives but will also be used positively towards contributing to the fight against corruption in our respective countries, continents, and the entire world”. These were among their words.

IACA fully aligns itself with the scholarship recipients’ expression of gratitude vis-à-vis the benefactors.

In line with IACA’s policy on scholarships, the names of the beneficiaries are kept anonymous vis-à-vis the benefactors and the general public.

Six Programmes to Apply for Now

The application period for our Legal Incentives for Corporate Integrity Training, taking place from 4 to 6 May, and the Summer Academy, scheduled from 2 to 11 July, will close today, 31 March. Do not miss out on the opportunity to apply for your seat.

The Legal Incentives for Corporate Integrity Training has been developed to facilitate private actors’ compliance with the 10th Principle of the UN Global Compact and strengthen corporate integrity and cooperation through legal incentives and sanctions.

The annual Summer Academy is an interdisciplinary programme that examines the latest trends and practices on the global anti-corruption agenda, promoting a culture of the reflective practitioner.

Applications for the Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) 2015 – 2017, stating in October, as well as the Best of Luis Moreno Ocampo and the Anti-Corruption Local Governance Training, both taking place in July, remain open.

From Thursday, 2 April, you will also have the opportunity to apply for the Procurement Anti-Corruption Training, scheduled for August/September.

For detailed information on our programmes, please visit the Open Trainings section of our website

Public-Private Partnership in the Fight against Corruption

From 26 to 27 March, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation (CCI), supported by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and IACA, held a conference on the possibilities and necessities of fostering public-private dialogue in the fight against corruption.

More than 300 delegates and business entrepreneurs came together in Moscow to exchange ideas and offer recommendations for more effective anti-corruption measures.

The conference was opened by Sergey Katyrin, President of host institution, CCI, Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of UNODC, and Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA. Two breakout sessions followed; the first on anti-corruption in public procurement and the second on balancing sanctions and incentives for encouraging private sector integrity.

The event was called to identify the key challenges faced by the public and private sectors in preventing and combatting corruption, to be presented and further discussed at the sixth Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention on Corruption in St. Petersburg in November.

Georgia Joins IACA

Membership in the Academy grew again today with Georgia’s accession to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization.

The Academy’s constituency comprises 64 Parties, or 61 states and three international organizations, to date.

Thirteen (13) of the 53 Signatories are yet to ratify the Agreement. It remains open for accession to all United Nations Member States and international organizations.

Ambassador of Cyprus Presents Credentials

On 24 March, H.E. Marios Ieronymides, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Cyprus to the International Organizations in Vienna, presented his credentials to Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA.

Cyprus was one of the first states to sign the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization and ratified it in August 2011.

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