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.


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