IACA Celebrates its 5th Anniversary

On 8 March IACA celebrated the fifth anniversary of its establishment as an international organization with a reception to mark its work in the global fight against corruption. Numerous ambassadors, heads of Vienna-based international organizations, and distinguished overseas guests along with friends and partners came to IACA for the gathering.

The reception began with a short speech from H.E. Ms. Margarita Popova, Vice President of the Republic of Bulgaria and the outgoing Chairperson of IACA’s Board of Governors. H.E. Mr. Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC; one of IACA’s initiating partners) and Director-General of the United Nations Office in Vienna (UNOV), then delivered his remarks and shared a message of greeting from H.E. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Among other things, the Secretary-General conveyed the following: “Preventing corruption at all levels of society is a key target under Goal 16 of the ambitious and groundbreaking 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. […] IACA is playing an important role by providing trainings and opportunities for dialogue, and by promoting integrity, transparency, and accountability. I wish IACA every success as we work together for just and inclusive societies that can provide a life of dignity for all.”

Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA, thanked the international community for its support since the Academy’s inception and expressed his firm belief that IACA’s constituency and international network of stakeholders would continue to grow in the next five years and beyond. The attendees also watched a special photo story that recalled the major milestones in IACA’s history to date.

“A lot has already been achieved, with recent highlights including IACA’s active contribution to the Post-2015 Development Agenda process and the explicit tribute to the Academy’s work in two United Nations resolutions in 2015 alone. I would like to thank all those who have made IACA’s fifth anniversary possible: all our Member States and Signatories, including our host country Austria, our colleagues in IACA’s Boards, the UN, the European Union, our partners, our friends, and all of IACA’s faculty and staff. Our common agenda is full as we move ahead, but today, on this festive occasion, let us rejoice, or in the words of the former academic lingua franca: gaudeamus igitur!” Mr. Kreutner said.

IACA currently has a constituency of 66 Parties (at originally 53 Signatories) and has agreements with dozens of partners. The Academy continues to expand its portfolio of programmes and trainings and now has some 800 alumni in about 140 countries. In addition, hundreds of other professionals have participated in shorter trainings hosted at IACA.

During the reception, guests also signed IACA’s symbolic “Courtesy Share Certificate in the Fight against Corruption”, worth 1,160 Euros. The value will be allotted to IACA’s scholarship fund for participants from Least Developed Countries, to facilitate their participation in the Academy's programmes.

The anniversary celebration was preceded by the first meeting of the new IACA Board of Governors, to which new members were (re-)elected during the fourth Assembly of Parties in Vienna in December 2015. In its deliberations on 7 March, the Board unanimously elected Mr. Eduardo Vetere as its new Chairperson and Prof. Pakdee Pothisiri as Vice Chairperson. They replace, respectively, H.E. Ms. Popova and Mr. Abu Kassim bin Mohamed, whose terms had expired. Members of the Board of Governors serve in their individual capacity and they come from all regions of the globe.

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