IACA and UNESCO discussed joint initiatives on anti-corruption education

On 30 September 2020, Mr. Thomas Stelzer, Dean and Executive Secretary of the International Anti-Corruption Academy, and Mr. Xing Qu, UNESCO Deputy Director-General, met to discuss about possible institutional cooperation and joint initiatives for implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the field of anti-corruption education. Mr. Nicholas Jeffreys, Assistant Director-General for Administration and Management, accompanied the UNESCO Deputy Director-General during the discussions.

During the meeting Dean Stelzer underlined that IACA is the only international organization with an exclusive mandate to fight corruption in all its forms through education, research, cooperation and technical assistance delivery. He expressed hope for the strengthening of partnership with UNESCO and called for the creation of a closer international cooperation on anti-corruption, particularly to study the root causes of corruption, its various forms, and its adverse effects on societies, economies, international relations, and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Dean Stelzer also referred to the need for stronger governmental involvement in anti-corruption efforts as well as partnerships with civil society, academia, and the private sector. In this context, he stressed that future managers of all sectors of society, including diplomats, civil society leaders, academia, and leaders of private sector companies, should have access to capacity-building programmes to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively fight corruption and promote compliance.

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