Islamic Republic of Iran


National Conference on Promoting Administrative Integrity and Combating Corruption in Tehran



The National Conference on Promoting Administrative Integrity and Combating Corruption was held on 8 December 2014, in the presence of a number of high-level officials.

In his message to the Conference, the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said that he expected the Government to take decisive and practical decisions without any reservations to fight corruption. His statement was issued through H.E. the First Vice President Dr. Es'haq Jahangiri.

H.E. the President Dr. Hassan Rouhani made reference to the former and current Supreme Leader's statements with regard to the necessity of combating corruption. He highlighted the Supreme Leader's statement to this conference calling for a decisive and firm action. He underscored the need to achieve tangible results and show the strong political will of senior authorities to fight corruption.
The President named the monopoly of lucrative privileges, illegal exchange of data and information, as well as aggregation of power as the main sources of corruption. He outlined monitoring and supervision; the sharing of information with citizens; the use of civil society, the press and media; as well as transparent, precise and accountable legislation as effective tools in the fight against corruption.
H.E. Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani, the Head of Judiciary, made reference to the Supreme Leader's "eight Articles of Command"* and expressed his belief that, 13 years after the adoption of the instrument, there is a need to assess the performance of senior national authorities in the fight against corruption. He also emphasized the need to tackle acts of corruption at origin.

Mr. Leik Boonwaat, UNODC Representative in Iran, also addressed the National conference. Reading the Statement of the United Nations Secretary General on the occasion of the International Anti-Corruption Day, on the 9th of December 2014, Mr. Boonwaat said that "As the first legally binding international anti-corruption instrument, the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) provides a unique tool to address this global problem of corruption. The Convention, of which UNODC is the guardian, covers four main areas: prevention; criminalization and law enforcement measures; international cooperation; and asset recovery."

H.E. Ali Larijani, the Speaker of Majlis (Parliament), categorized the elements required in the fight against corruption into the need for transparency and avoiding monopoly and discrimination. He believed the preventive measures could play a key role in terms of efficiency and effectiveness. He suggested that the institutional authorities of the General Inspection Organization should aim to become more flexible and efficient in pursuing its cases.



* The 8 Articles of Command were issued to lead the heads of the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Powers on the fight against corruption.