Season’s Greetings and Thank You for Another Great Year

As 2015 slowly draws to a close, we pause to reflect on our work and the impact we have made on communities around the world. The past 12 months have witnessed both institutional and thematic growth at IACA, as we continued to empower professionals from more than 120 countries and provide help for stakeholders seeking to strengthen their anti-corruption and compliance regimes.

Just to mention a few highlights – we contributed to the 2030 Agenda process and participated at both preparatory conferences and the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit, our new Regional Summer Academy – Latin America met resounding success in Buenos Aires, we saw the third Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) class embark on their two-year journey, and we welcomed the 66th Party to the IACA Agreement.

Just last week, at the fourth session of the Assembly of Parties in Vienna, our constituency and other stakeholders reaffirmed their commitment to IACA as well as to the transformative power of our anti-corruption education and capacity-building programmes.

The importance of these was also recognized by resolutions of the Human Rights Council of the United Nations General Assembly and the sixth Conference of the States Parties to the UNCAC this year. For a glimpse of 2015 at IACA, click here.

We thank all our constituency members, partners, students, alumni, faculty, the host country, and other friends for another great year, and for all the support.

Wishing you happiness for the festive period and every success in 2016.

Season‘s Greetings from the IACA staff!

Bulgarian Supreme Court of Cassation visits IACA

IACA received a delegation from the Bulgarian Supreme Court of Cassation today, headed by The Honourable Justice Lozan Panov, President of the Court.

The purpose of the visit was to learn more about IACA’s mandate and capacity-building programmes in the field of anti-corruption as well as to explore possibilities for increasing the participation of Bulgarian professionals in them. The delegation expressed particular interest in IACA’s annual Summer Academy, a ten-day programme which has empowered 350 professionals from over 100 countries since 2011.

Justice Panov and Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA, also spoke about the necessity and systems of judicial independence, subject international legal frameworks, and the growing importance of the separation of powers in government in today’s day and age.

The Supreme Court of Cassation is the final court of appeal in the Republic of Bulgaria and exercises supreme judicial power over the application of the law in all courts.

IACA Appoints Dr. Nikos Passas as Distinguished Inaugural Professor

IACA has appointed Dr. Nikos Passas as its Distinguished Inaugural Professor of Collective Action, Business Ethics and Compliance. In this role, Dr. Passas will guide the build-up of IACA’s research capabilities in private sector anti-corruption, compliance, and collective action and prepare for the launch of a second IACA master’s programme aimed at the private sector.

Nikos Passas specializes in the study of corruption, money laundering, illicit flows, informal fund transfers, white-collar crime, terrorism, targeted sanctions, organized crime, and international crimes. In addition, he is the editor of “Crime, Law and Social Change: An International Journal”.

Prof. Nikos Passas’ employment relationship had to be terminated on 24 October 2016.

IACA Constituency Grows to 66 Parties

With the Togolese Republic’s recent ratification of the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization, the IACA constituency has reached 66 Parties.

Twelve (12) of IACA’s 53 Signatories are yet to ratify the Agreement. It remains open for accession to all United Nations Member States and international organizations.

IACA Signs a Memorandum of Understanding with IIASA

IACA today entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA).

The MoU is intended to support the two institutions’ shared mission to contribute to the formulation of sustainable policies in their respective fields, especially to prevent and combat corruption, and to foster good neighbourly relations within the municipality of Laxenburg, Austria, where both of them are based.

IIASA, which was founded in 1972, is an international not-for-profit scientific institute that conducts policy-oriented research into problems that are too large or too complex to be solved by a single country or academic discipline. The MoU between the two institutions envisages possible cooperation in research, training, education, and other areas.

It was signed by Pavel Kabat, IIASA’s Director General and Chief Executive Officer, and Martin Kreutner, IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary.

IACA Celebrates 10th Anniversary of the UNCAC

IACA today joined in celebrating the tenth anniversary of the entry into force of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) and pledged to continue advancing the Convention’s goals by empowering anti-corruption professionals across the globe.

The UNCAC entered into force on 14 December 2005 and introduced a state-owned review mechanism in 2009, under which countries monitor each other to see whether the implementation of the Convention is on schedule.

Advancing the goals of the UNCAC has been, and remains, the cornerstone of IACA’s work. Last month, in St. Petersburg, a Resolution adopted by the Conference of the States Parties (COSP) to the UNCAC recognized IACA’s important contribution to anti-corruption.

A successful end to IACA’s fourth Assembly of Parties

The fourth session of IACA's Assembly of Parties, hosted in Vienna, Republic of Austria, reached a successful close today with the unanimous adoption of five Resolutions and the election of new members of the Academy's Board of Governors.

Representatives voiced their strong support for IACA and underlined the importance of its global work in anti-corruption education, research, networking, and cooperation. The Assembly reiterated that the anti-corruption capacity-building activities provided by IACA could further contribute to achievements of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Candidates from the following countries were elected as members of the Board of Governors, where they will serve in their individual capacities: Iraq (Asia Pacific Group), Chile (GRULAC), Azerbaijan (Eastern European Group), Brazil (GRULAC), Nigeria (African Group), Thailand (Asia Pacific Group), and Jordan (Asia Pacific Group).

In addition, IACA signed three Memoranda of Understanding within the framework of the Assembly: with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, the Law Institute of Lithuania, and the Academy of Justice of the Republic of Armenia.

The annual forum opened on International Anti-Corruption Day, 9 December, and attracted more than 250 delegates from 70 countries around the world. Delegates and participants included Deputy Heads of State and Government, and Ministers.

The Assembly began with an address from H.E. Mr. Heinz Fischer, the Federal President of the Republic of Austria, and a video message from H.E. Mr. Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations.

The necessity of a suitably well-funded general budget for IACA, and the need for financial ownership, were major themes at the Assembly. This was emphasized by H.E. Margarita Popova, the Chairperson of the Board of Governors, Martin Kreutner, IACA's Dean and Executive Secretary, and several other speakers. Ms. Popova made her remarks during her presentation of the Board's report on the progress of IACA's activities over the past year.

Delegates also attended two side events within the framework of the Assembly. The first, in cooperation with the Permanent Mission of the United States of America to the International Organizations in Vienna, took the theme of "The Nexus between Corruption and Security – Mystery or Reality?". The keynote speaker was Sarah Chayes from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, author of the book "Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security".

The other side event focused on "Training the Next Generation of Anti-Corruption Enforcers". This gave delegates a chance to hear firsthand from faculty and alumni about the impact that diverse IACA programmes, including the Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS), IACA Summer Academy, and many more, are making on their careers and lives.

The session was complemented by traditional Austrian hospitality.

The next session of the Assembly of Parties is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2016.

Speeches and other documents related to the Assembly are available for download here.

IACA’s fourth Assembly of Parties opens on International Anti-Corruption Day

On the occasion of International Anti-Corruption Day, IACA today welcomed more than 250 delegates from around the world to Vienna for the fourth session of its Assembly of Parties.

The delegates, who represent more than 70 national delegations, will spend the next three days discussing IACA’s overall objectives and strategy. Important items on the agenda include elections to IACA’s Board of Governors and fundraising activities for the Academy.

The Assembly began with an address from H.E. Mr. Heinz Fischer, the Federal President of the Republic of Austria, and a video message from H.E. Mr. Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations.

In his address, Mr. Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA, emphasizedthat a strong, relentless fight against corruption is essential for realizing the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

“Investing in anti-corruption education and empowerment is the smart way towards sustainable development, safeguarding human rights, and strengthening the rule of law on the road to 2030 and beyond,” he said.

The Assembly ends on 11 December. It also includes two side events, one of which is on the nexus between corruption and security, and the other on training the next generation of anti-corruption enforcers.

Speeches are available for download here.

Chinese Ambassador Presents Credentials

On 9 December, H.E. Jingye Cheng, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the People's Republic of China to the United Nations in Vienna, presented his credentials to Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA.

The People's Republic of China acceded to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization in September 2014.

IACA hosts Forum on Compliance and Sponsoring

Senior figures from the corporate and public sectors gathered at IACA this week for a high-level forum on compliance and sponsoring issues that was co-organized by the Academy and the Federal Ministry of the Interior of Austria.

The forum featured discussions with representatives of major firms including Hewlett-Packard, Alcatel-Lucent, Microsoft, Atos, Motorola, Philip Morris International, Red Bull, and Baker & McKenzie. The Ministry was represented by senior officials including Hermann Feiner, Director General and a member of IACA’s Board of Governors.

Representing IACA were Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary, and Michael Hershman, Chairperson of IACA’s International Senior Advisory Board, who gave a keynote speech.

The gathering successfully generated open discussion between high-ranking compliance officers from large private companies and senior officials from the Ministry.

IACA’s Advisory Boards Convene ahead of the Assembly

IACA’s International Senior Advisory Board (ISAB) and International Academic Advisory Board (IAAB) are holding a joint meeting in Laxenburg today and tomorrow to discuss general matters in view of the Assembly of Parties.

The implementation of the Work Programme 2014–2016 and future activities and programmes of the Academy are high on the agenda.

The ISAB, chaired by Mr. M. Hershman (USA), co-founder of Transparency International, a former advisor to FIFA and a member of its Independent Governance Committee, currently consists of 11 eminent personalities from a variety of backgrounds, responsible for providing advice on how the highest standards with regard to the Academy’s purpose can be maintained.

The IAAB, with Professor H.H. Kühne (GER) from the University of Trier as its Chair, serves an advisory function in view of education, training, and research. At present, ten internationally renowned academics and practitioners form the Board.

The ISAB and IAAB held their last meetings in June 2014, after their formal (re-)election by the Board of Governors.

Slovak Ambassador Presents Credentials

On 7 December, H.E. Olga Algayerova, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Slovak Republic to the International Organizations in Vienna, presented her credentials to Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA.

Slovakia ratified the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization in May 2011.

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