Successful IACA Seminar with Anti-Corruption Expert Michael Johnston

IACA this month welcomed participants from three continents to its Laxenburg campus for an expert seminar featuring Michael Johnston, Distinguished Professor at IACA and the Charles A. Dana Professor of Political Science Emeritus at Colgate University.

Prof. Johnston, a renowned figure in the world of anti-corruption, guided the group of professionals through compelling topics including the last 25 years in anti-corruption, accomplishments and problems of political and analytical efforts in this field, the impact of influence markets, exclusion, civil society, and “populism” on reform, and challenges to come including emerging techniques of corruption and reform.

Over two days, Prof. Johnston engaged participants to share their own perspectives and on-the-ground knowledge, and the seminar was an excellent opportunity for networking with peers from around the world.

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The participants who completed the seminar have joined IACA’s alumni network of over 1,700 anti-corruption and compliance professionals in 159 countries and jurisdictions.

IACA’s “Best Of” seminars are aimed at professionals eager to improve the design, management, and sustainability of their anti-corruption efforts. Each seminar is delivered by a pre-eminent anti-corruption specialist who shares the “best of” his or her most recent work.

In recent years, the “Best Of” seminar series has featured internationally renowned experts such as Tina Søreide (Norwegian School of Economics), Drago Kos (Chair of the OECD Working Group on Bribery), Johann Graf Lambsdorff (University of Passau), Robert Klitgaard (Claremont Graduate University), Bo Rothstein (University of Gothenburg), and Susan Rose-Ackerman (Yale University).

IACA and Bangladesh Discuss Co-operation

Mr. Iqbal Mahmood, Honourable Chairman of the Anti-Corruption Commission of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, visited campus last Friday to discuss potential future cooperation with IACA in the areas of anti-corruption and compliance, especially in light of his country’s recent accession to the organization.

Such collaboration could potentially include joint education, training, and capacity-building activities, including further participation by professionals from Bangladesh in IACA’s academic programmes and other trainings.

Mr. Mahmood was accompanied by H.E. Mr. Abu Zafar, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh to the International Organizations in Vienna.

The visit followed Bangladesh’s recent accession to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization. The accession will enter into force on 20 November.

Egypt Contributes EUR 10,000 to IACA

Egypt has made a voluntary contribution of EUR 10,000 to IACA’s general budget in 2018 to support the organization’s work in empowering anti-corruption and compliance professionals across the globe.

This new contribution will facilitate the implementation of IACA’s education, training, and capacity-building activities under its current Work Programme 2017 - 2020.

Egypt has been a Party to IACA since 2013 and hosted the successful sixth session of the organization’s Assembly of Parties in Sharm El Sheikh in October 2017.

Voluntary contributions by Parties are mentioned as a core element of the organization’s financing under Article XI.(1).a of the IACA Agreement. Click here for further details.

IACA and Ban Ki-moon Centre Hold Colloquium on Anti-Corruption and Global Citizenship

IACA and the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens held a joint colloquium at the Academy’s Laxenburg campus on Thursday on “The Global Fight against Corruption and the Notion of Global Citizenship”. The speakers were Ban Ki-moon, former United Nations Secretary-General and Co-chair of the Ban Ki-moon Centre, Heinz Fischer, former Federal President of Austria and Co-chair of the Centre, and Martin Kreutner, IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary.

In the audience were ambassadors and other prominent members of the diplomatic community, Austrian officials, including from the Constitutional Court and the municipality of Laxenburg, senior figures from Austria-based international organizations, members of IACA’s governing organs, IACA students and alumni, and staff from IACA and the Ban Ki-moon Centre.

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Discussion focused on the state of anti-corruption efforts in the current global context, especially in connection with the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“Promoting the notion of global citizenship is a crucial tool to educate new generations and instil in them the importance of transparency and anti-corruption. There is no room or time for corruption to persist and delay our efforts to fulfil the SDGs. We should work together to make this world a better world,” Ban Ki-moon emphasized.

“Corruption is a poison for the economy and puts democracy in danger. If you want to build a successful society, and aim for a state to be structured on the basis of law, one has to fight corruption,” Heinz Fischer observed.

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“There is still a way to go in addressing issues of corruption. What’s important is extending knowledge, focusing on implementation, and encouraging ownership. We need to have the courage of using our own understanding to achieve the common good,” Martin Kreutner concluded.

The colloquium was the first joint activity between IACA and the Ban Ki-moon Centre under a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that the two organizations signed in August.

The MoU sets a framework for potential collaboration in anti-corruption education, training, research, and capacity- and institution-building, including through empowering women and youth.

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The Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens is an international non-profit organization recognized as a Quasi-International Organization with affiliated offices and institutes in Vienna, New York, Seoul, and Almaty. The Centre is focusing on empowering youth and women in the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals.

It is headquartered in Vienna, Austria.

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Bangladesh Joins IACA

With the accession of Bangladesh to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization, the Academy’s constituency increases to 75 Parties. These comprise 72 UN Member States and three international organizations.

The Agreement remains open for ratification by its remaining original Signatories and for accession by all UN Member States and international organizations.

Qatar Joins IACA

With the accession of Qatar to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization, the Academy’s constituency increases to 76 Parties. These comprise 73 UN Member States and three international organizations.

The Agreement remains open for ratification by its remaining original Signatories and for accession by all UN Member States and international organizations.

Global Association’s Training Committee Members on Campus

Members of the Training Committee of the International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities (IAACA), headed by Mr. Simon Peh, Commissioner of (PRC/SAR) Hong Kong’s Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), visited campus on 19 October to meet some of the Academy’s master’s students and receive an update on IACA’s current activities.

The committee members met students from the Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) class of 2017 – 2019, who are presently at IACA for the in-class part of their latest module on Anti-Corruption, Compliance and the Private Sector.

In addition, senior IACA staff shared their experiences in anti-corruption and compliance education with the visiting delegation and provided an overview of the organization’s many current and upcoming activities. These include the second edition of the International Master in Anti-Corruption Compliance and Collective Action (IMACC), a separate degree programme for professionals from the business sector that is planned to start in January 2019.

Established in 2006, the IAACA is an independent, non-political organization composed of institutions responsible for investigating, prosecuting, and preventing corruption around the world. It aims to promote the effective implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) by fostering constructive collaboration among its members.

Albanian Public Officials Visit IACA

A delegation of Albanian public officials paid a study visit to IACA on Thursday to learn more about the Academy’s programmes, trainings, and other activities and to exchange ideas about preventing and fighting corruption.

The officials came from Albania’s Ministry of Justice, the High Inspectorate of Declaration and Audit of Assets and Conflicts of Interest, the Central Election Commission, and the Supreme Audit Institution.

While on campus the delegation discussed current international anti-corruption issues with IACA staff, as well as change management in an anti-corruption framework.

The Austrian Agency for Economic Cooperation and Development facilitated the visit under a European Union project on anti-corruption in Albania.

IACA has long-standing ties with Albania, which has been a Party to the organization since 2011.

In 2017 IACA delivered a tailor-made training for public officials and representatives of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) from Albania to help strengthen the ability of that country’s institutions to prevent and fight corruption.

IACA Signs MoU with League of Arab States

IACA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the League of Arab States on 17 October that sets a framework for closer cooperation between the two organizations in the areas of anti-corruption and compliance.

The MoU was signed in Laxenburg by Mr. Martin Kreutner, IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary, and H.E. Mr. Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Secretary General of the League of Arab States. It paves the way for potential future collaboration in anti-corruption education, training, capacity-building, and other joint activities.

H.E. Mr. Aboul Gheit was accompanied by H.E. Mr. Hossam Zaki, the League’s Assistant Secretary General and Chief of the Cabinet of the Secretary General, and H.E. Mr. Mohamed Samir Koubaa, Ambassador, Permanent Observer of the League of Arab States to the International Organizations in Vienna. The delegation also included other officials from the Secretary General’s Cabinet and the Arab League’s Mission in Vienna.

“IACA is very pleased to sign this MoU with the League of Arab States and would like to thank H.E. Mr. Aboul Gheit for his personal support. We look forward to working together on a range of possible joint initiatives and to welcoming additional professionals from the Arab League’s member countries to our future programmes and trainings,” Mr. Kreutner commented.

“It is important that the League of Arab States and IACA cooperate closely in preventing and fighting corruption, whether through education, training, or other awareness-raising activities. This agreement represents an excellent initial step in this regard,” H.E. Mr. Aboul Gheit stated.

The League of Arab States is an intergovernmental regional organization of 22 Arab countries and is headquartered in Cairo. Several members of the League are also Parties to IACA.

IACA Highlights Systemic Corruption in Migration at UNTOC Conference

IACA, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and Austria addressed the topic of systemic corruption within the migration context at a well-attended joint side event in Vienna this week. It took place during the ninth session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC) and the Protocols Thereto.

The side event aimed to facilitate dialogue among key policymakers and stakeholders on the impact of corruption on migration, and to explore its potential impact on migration governance.

Issues discussed included potential forms of corruption during the migration process, corruption-related challenges faced by migrants during their often arduous journey from their home country to their country of destination, good practices and initiatives, and recommendations to address systemic corruption within the migration context.

Speakers came from the Federal Ministry of the Interior of Austria, the IOM Regional Office in Vienna, the Office of the National Security Adviser of Nigeria, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, and IACA.

In its statement during the Conference’s general discussion, IACA noted that “preventing and fighting corruption in a migration context requires strong international cooperation and partnerships, as well as recognition of the importance of a human rights-based approach”.

IACA reaffirmed its full commitment to “raising awareness of how corruption affects migration and to helping states address this serious problem more effectively”. It also highlighted the relevance of partnerships for substantially reducing corruption and bribery in all their forms, including in the migration context, as per the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The Conference closes on Friday 19 October.

IACA and Republic of Korea Discuss Further Cooperation

IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary, Mr. Martin Kreutner, visited the Republic of Korea last week for bilateral discussions with high-level Korean officials about further strengthening mutual cooperation in the areas of anti-corruption and compliance. He also participated as a speaker at the 19th Conference of International Investigators.

While in Seoul, Mr. Kreutner had meetings with Ms. Pak Un Jong, Chairperson of the Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission (ACRC) of the Republic of Korea, and Mr. Moon Moo-il, the country’s Prosecutor-General.

Specific discussion themes included a possible annual financial contribution by the Republic of Korea to IACA’s general budget, future joint programmes and trainings, and the exchange of staff, among other issues.

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IACA signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the ACRC in 2012 and has delivered several tailor-made trainings for Commission officials since then. Ms. Young Ran Kim, former Chairperson of the ACRC, served in her individual capacity as a member of IACA’s Board of Governors from 2012 to 2015.

The Republic of Korea has been a Party to IACA since 2012.

This year’s Conference of International Investigators took place in Incheon from 10 - 12 October, bringing together internal investigators and representatives from numerous international organizations. They included, among others, the United Nations, World Bank, World Health Organization, regional development banks, and the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF).

Mr. Kreutner was a speaker in a workshop on “The Challenges and Successes of an Integrity Compliance Program”, which focused on helping entities mitigate specific risks in this area.

He also had a bilateral meeting with Mr. Ville Itälä, Director-General of OLAF, in the margins of the conference. OLAF is one of IACA’s initiating partners along with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), INTERPOL, and the Republic of Austria.

IACA previously hosted the 17th Conference of International Investigators at its Laxenburg campus in 2016.

IACA Reaffirms Support for the Council of Europe’s GRECO

IACA has this week reiterated its long-standing support for the work of the Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) at a high-level conference in Šibenik, Croatia. The event was hosted by the Croatian Minister of Justice, as Croatia currently holds the Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.

Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary, led the IACA delegation and was a speaker in a panel discussion on promoting integrity and tackling corruption. He also had a bilateral meeting with Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, in the margins of the conference.

Mr. Kreutner shared his thoughts on the state of anti-corruption and the importance of GRECO’s work in this video recorded at the event.

“GRECO is now in its fifth round of evaluations, with timely and important topics, and I am confident that it will continue to have significant impact and input in the future,” said Mr. Kreutner, who is himself a former GRECO evaluator.

The Council of Europe established GRECO in 1999 to monitor States’ compliance with its anti-corruption standards through a dynamic process of mutual evaluation and peer pressure.

GRECO aims to identify deficiencies in national anti-corruption policies and provides a platform for sharing best practices in preventing and detecting corruption. IACA has held observer status with the body since 2011.

Other sessions at the conference focused on strengthening cooperation between national anti-corruption authorities, and the role of the media in promoting transparency and preventing corruption.

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