UNODC launches Technical Dialogues on public procurement and protection of reporters 

September 30, 2021, virtual event - 10:00-11:30 am (GMT-3 Brasília)

Brasilia, 28 September, 2021 - The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) will promote a series of six Technical Dialogues entitled "Good practices of integrity in public procurement and whistleblower protection in the health sector post-Covid-19".

The series of Technical Dialogues is an initiative of the global project "Ensuring effective responses to Covid-19 and future emerging crises through transnational programs on transparency and integrity in public procurement, whistleblower protection and oversight mechanisms in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Indonesia, Paraguay, Philippines, South Africa and Timor-Leste" funded by the Bureau of International Law Enforcement and Narcotics of the U.S. Department of State (INL/USA).

The project seeks to assist countries in their search for improved response and recovery from COVID-19, as well as future emergency crises, focussing on promoting transparency and integrity in public procurement, particularly in the area of health care and strengthening whistleblowers protection.

The  Dialogues will be held on a monthly basis, starting in September 2021, from 10:00 am to 11:30 am, and will address the main topics of the project, according to the agenda below:

  • September 30, 2021 - Integrity and Transparency in Public Procurement beyond Covid-19: technical and academic perspectives in Brazil.
  • October 28, 2021 - Reportant Protection: institutional and regulatory challenges in Brazil.
  • November 25, 2021 - Integrity and Transparency in Public Procurement beyond Covid-19: Brazilian and international best practices.
  • December 15, 2021 - Reportant Protection: Brazilian and international best practices.
  • January 27, 2022 - Integrity and Transparency in Public Procurement beyond Covid-19: corruption risks and improvement measures based on evidence and experience.
  • February 24, 2022 - Protection of Reporters: Brazilian diagnosis and proposed regulation of Law 13.608/2018.

Each of the Dialogues will consist of a lecture given by an expert in the proposed theme, presentations made by actors in the sector - public entities and civil society - and presentations of studies developed by UNODC under the project.

The objective of the series is to share and discuss the different initiatives to promote transparency in public procurement and to protect reporters developed in Brazil, seeking to foster national cooperation and strengthen the country's response to future emergency crises based on international best practices.

The first virtual event of the Technical Dialogue series will be held on September 30th at 10 am (GMT-3) in Brasilia.

Registration for the event, which is open to the public, can be made in due course at, where the complete agenda of the event, the speakers' biographies, and other information about the project will also be available. 

For press inquires, please contact:

UNODC: Ana Maria Cobucci
+55 (61) 99979-2394


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