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Corruption

"Corruption is an insidious plague that has a wide range of corrosive effects on societies. It undermines democracy and the rule of law, leads to violations of  human rights, distorts markets, erodes the quality of life and allows organized crime, terrorism and other threats to human security to flourish. Corruption hurts the poor disproportionately by diverting funds intended for development, undermining a government's ability to provide basic services and discouraging foreign aid and investment." -   Kofi Anan, 2004, UNCAC.

Attitudes on corruption are changing. As recently as ten years ago, corruption was only whispered about. Today there are signs of growing intolerance toward corruption and more and more politicians and chief executives are being tried and convicted [Read More].

 The United Nations Convention against Corruption

Preventing and combating corruption requires a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach. Based on recognition of this fact, Member States negotiated the  United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), which covers five main areas:  prevention, criminalization and law enforcement measures, international cooperation, asset recovery, and  technical assistance and information exchange.

As the sole, legally binding universal instrument against corruption, the Convention holds great potential as a framework for the prevention of, and fight against corruption. Furthermore, as the backbone for national and international anti-corruption initiatives, it promotes the implementation and application of  common standards and best-practices. 

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Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption

. . ... Pursuant to article 63 of the Convention, the Conference of the State Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption was established to improve the capacity of and cooperation between States Parties to achieve the objectives set forth in the Convention and to promote and review its implementation.

This conference is held every every two years and, from 25 to 29 November 2013, Panama will have the honour of hosting the 5th Session of the Conference in Panama City   [Read More]  .