Korean Ambassador Presents Credentials

On 14 May, H.E. Young Wan Song, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the International Organizations in Vienna, presented his credentials to Martin Kreutner, Dean of IACA and Executive Secretary to the Assembly of Parties.

The Republic of Korea is a Founding Member of IACA and a Party to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization since February 2012.

Saudi Ambassador Presents Credentials

On 7 May, H.E. Mohammed Al Salloum, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the International Organizations in Vienna, presented his credentials to Martin Kreutner, Dean of IACA and Executive Secretary to the Assembly of Parties.

Saudi Arabia is a Party to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization since June 2013.

Procurement in Anti-Corruption Training & Anti-Corruption in the Infrastructure Sector Training – Apply Now!

Join us for two back-to-back trainings this September to learn about the ingredients of a sound anti-corruption strategy in the public procurement process and acquire tools to prevent and mitigate corruption risks in infrastructure projects. Applications are now open, closing on 30 June.

The second edition of the Procurement Anti-Corruption Training will run from 1 to 26 September, combining one week of on-site training at the IACA campus (15 – 19 September) and distance learning in participants’ home countries. The course is taught by Professor Christopher Yukins, Co-Director of the procurement programme at the George Washington Law School, and Max Aranda-Kaiser from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. Government officials, procurement officials, members of civil society, workers in the procurement community, judges, prosecutors, attorneys, and investigators are particularly encouraged to apply. For more information, click here.

Two days after the on-site component of the Procurement Anti-Corruption Training, the Anti-Corruption in the Infrastructure Sector Training is set to take place, from 22 to 24 September. Over three, action-packed days the course will focus on sector-specific vulnerabilities to corruption related to the complexity of contractual structures, diversity of technical skills, decision making mechanisms, expenditure tracking hurdles, government official involvement, etc. It is led by Neil Stansbury, Director of the GIACC non-profit organization. Public officials, project managers and supervisors, contractors, and infrastructure experts from development organizations are particularly encouraged to apply. For more information, click here.

To maximize your stay at IACA, combine both trainings. Tuition waivers are offered to participants from Least Developed Countries on a competitive basis.

 

Barry O’Keefe passes away at 80 years of age

It is in dismay and with deep grief that we inform you today about the death of Barry O’Keefe, a good friend and long-standing supporter of IACA. The former Australian judge of the New South Wales Supreme Court and commissioner of the Australian Independent Commission against Corruption (ICAC) from 1994 to 1999 has died aged 80.

 Before becoming a judge, Barry O’Keefe appeared on behalf of the governments of the Commonwealth of Australia, and New South Wales and for Her Majesty’s Crown Agents in the United Kingdom in a number of important cases. Once he retired from the New South Wales Supreme Court, he became a consultant with Clayton Utz, an Australian law firm. In his previous roles he furthermore acted as a chairman of Interpol’s International Group of Experts on Corruption and as president of the New South Wales branch of the national trust of Australia. In 2006, O’Keefe was appointed as an adjunct professor by the Sydney School of Law. He also chaired the Law Advisory Board of the Notre Dame School of Law in Sydney.

Barry O’Keefe had been serving as a member of IACA’s International Senior Advisory Board (ISAB) since 2010. “Barry was a strong supporter of the Academy long before it became a fully-fledged and renowned international organization. I got to know him as an outstanding member of the Anti-Corruption community who worked tirelessly to promote our common cause. He will not only be sadly missed as a reliable, competent and straight-forward colleague but also as a good friend. I would like to thank him for all his support throughout the years. Our thoughts are now with Barry’s wife and family.” states Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA.

Summer Academy 2014 Welcomes 5 Continents

This July, IACA will open its doors to 70 successful applicants from around the world who managed to secure a place in the fourth annual Summer Academy.

They come from over 50 different countries, including Afghanistan, Albania, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Burundi, Cambodia, Canada, Czech Republic, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Israel, Kenya, Kingdom of Bahrain, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Liberia, Malawi, Maldives, Malta, Mexico, Mongolia, Mozambique, Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Republic of Moldova, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Sudan, Switzerland, Tanzania, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom, and United States.

This year’s edition boosts increased participation from the private sector, with one in five participants being a lawyer, a consultant, a compliance officer or the like. Another 50 percent come from the public sector, representing national anti-corruption agencies, law enforcement, and the judiciary. They are joined by international civil servants from regional and international organizations, as well as civil society actors, and academic researchers. As in previous years, and owing to the co-sponsorship IACA receives from the Siemens Integrity Initiative, 20 participants from Least Developed Countries have been granted full scholarships that will allow them to participate in the programme and share their experiences with fellow anti-corruption practitioners.

The dynamics of such a diverse group will surely make for an interesting and rewarding experience. We at IACA look forward to welcoming our participants to Laxenburg this summer!

Ambassador of Burkina Faso Presents Credentials

On 23 April, H.E. Paul Robert Tiendrebeogo, Permanent Representative of Burkina Faso to the International Organizations in Vienna, presented his credentials to Martin Kreutner, Dean of IACA and Executive Secretary to the Assembly of Parties.

Burkina Faso is a Founding Member of IACA and a Party to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization since August 2013.

The total number of Parties to the Agreement for the Establishment of the International Anti-Corruption Academy as an International Organization reached a staggering 54 today, with Armenia’s deposit of its instrument of accession.

The Academy now stands with a constituency of 70 Members (including Signatories), or 67 UN Member States and three international organizations.

Nigerian Ambassador Presents Credentials

On 14 January 2014, H.E. Adelakun Abel Ayoko, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the International Organizations in Vienna, presented his credentials to Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA.

Nigeria is a Party to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization since February 2013.

Israeli Ambassador Presents Credentials

On 14 January 2014, H.E. Zvi Heifetz, the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Israel to the International Organizations in Vienna, presented his credentials to Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA.

Israel is a Party to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization since November 2012.

IACA Granted Observer Status by the UN General Assembly

The International Anti-Corruption Academy has been welcomed by the United Nations General Assembly to serve as a non-state observer. Through the adoption of Resolution 68/122 on 16 December 2013, the General Assembly wishes to promote cooperation between the UN and IACA and invites IACA to participate in the sessions and work of the General Assembly as an observer.

The motion to grant IACA this status was tabled by Austria, the Academy’s host country, supported by 45 other UN Member States.

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