Corruption and Terrorism: Understanding the Links

IACA highlighted the links between corruption and terrorism during the 25th session of the United Nations’ Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) in Vienna this week.

The session focused on how to prevent and counter terrorism, including the financing of it. IACA’s statement during the thematic discussion (available below) emphasized that effectively combating terrorism involves addressing its many root causes, one of the biggest of which is corruption. Understanding the links between corruption and terrorism, and exploring new ways of tackling these two challenges, is therefore crucial.

Within the framework of the CCPCJ, IACA and the OECD held an extremely well-attended joint side event on 26 May on "Terrorism and Corruption". The discussion was moderated by Mr. Martin Kreutner, IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary, and featured several distinguished speakers: Mr. Patrick Moulette, Head of the Anti-Corruption Division, Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs, OECD; Ms. Candice Welsch, Chief of Implementation Support Section, Corruption and Economic Crime Branch, UNODC; H.E. Mr. Cristian Istrate, Chair of the Security Committee of the OSCE; and Prof. Nikos Passas, IACA’s Distinguished Inaugural Professor of Collective Action, Business Ethics, and Compliance.

On 25 May, IACA hosted a briefing for Permanent Missions on recent institutional developments, programmes, and trainings, including plans to launch a second master’s programme in 2017 on collective action, compliance, and (private sector) anti-corruption.

In addition, the Bureau of the fourth session of IACA's Assembly of Parties (AoP) met this week to discuss preparations for the upcoming session(s) of the AoP. The meeting was chaired by the Bureau’s Presidency (Nigeria), and was attended by the Vice-Presidencies (Austria and Malaysia) and the Rapporteurs (Brazil and Slovakia).

pdfIACA CCPCJ Statement May 2016

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