IACA Highlights Corruption-Human Rights Nexus at UN Workshop

IACA again emphasized the close links between corruption and human rights at an expert workshop in Geneva earlier this week.

The event, organized by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), focused on the challenge of preventing and fighting corruption in a human rights context.

Mr. Martin Kreutner, IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary, was a panellist along with senior representatives of UNODC, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), OHCHR Guatemala, and the Ghana Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice. The workshop was chaired by Mr. Paulo Abrão, Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

In his remarks on “Teaching and Preaching Anti-Corruption and Human Rights – a Mission (Im)Possible?”, Mr. Kreutner outlined how anti-corruption and compliance education can contribute to promoting and protecting human rights, including in the context of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

IACA has been explicitly recognized in UN resolutions for its education and capacity-building activities in the field of anti-corruption and human rights.

Resolution 35/25 of the Human Rights Council (HRC) of the UN General Assembly, adopted on 23 June 2017, recognizes that the negative impact of corruption on human rights and sustainable development can be addressed and prevented through anti-corruption education, and “notes with appreciation the capacity-building activities and specialized curricula developed by relevant institutions, such as the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the International Anti-Corruption Academy”.

IACA’s work was also noted with appreciation in Resolution 29/11 of the HRC, adopted on 2 July 2015.

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