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ARAC commemorates the International Anti-corruption Day by presenting its Board of Directors 2018-2020

An unprecedented achievement took place on October 31, 2003, when the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) was adopted through Resolution 58/4 of the General Assembly of the United Nations. For the first time in the history of humanity, countries around the world agreed on the basic international standards to combat corruption.

It was easy for everyone to agree on the seriousness of the problem and the threats posed by corruption for the stability and security of societies, by undermining the institutions and values ​​of democracy, ethics and justice. Furthermore, it is widely recognized that corruption compromises sustainable development and the rule of law.

But how do we fight corruption? Where do we start? What do we do when it becomes endemic and has managed to infiltrate the veins of our public institutions, within the private sector and in the depths of our society?

These questions were the basis of extensive debates, which conclusions demonstrated that corruption must be fought through a holistic and multidisciplinary approach. This is how the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) was born, centered on four complementary pillars; preventive measures, criminalization and law enforcement, international cooperation and asset recovery.

The global agreement constitutes a compendium of innovative strategies and practical tools to combat corruption from the private sector and the public sector, including the general public.

In order to urge States to join this battle, the General Assembly of the United Nations decided to proclaim December 9 as the International Anti-Corruption Day, and appointed the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) as the guardian of the instrument, which today stands out for its quasi-universality, with 183 States Parties.

It is very encouraging that on the occasion of this important date and in the midst of transnational scandals, international personalities of recognized trajectory decide to join forces against corruption, in Panama.

In this context, the first Board of Directors of the Regional Anticorruption Academy for Central America and the Caribbean (ARAC) is launched, the only regional center of studies focused on anti-corruption, aimed at public officials, the private sector, the academy, civil society and the general public.

We are proud that Panama is the headquarters of this important academy, consisting of an expert platform that promotes the creation of networks and alliances for the exchange of ideas and good practices in the prevention, investigation and reduction of corruption cases. To date, the ARAC has received more than 200,000 visits on its website, has trained over  8,000 participants and its campaigns have sensitize audiences that exceed 115,000 people.

By this means, it is announced that the members of the Board of Directors 2018-2020 are:

1. Public Sector:

HE Thelma Aldana, Attorney General of Guatemala

2. Private Sector:

Mr. Daniel Funes de Rioja, future leader of the B20 in 2018

3. Academy:

Prof.Thomas Speedy Rice, Professor at Washington and Lee University

4. UNODC:

Mr. Dimitri Vlassis, Director, Subdivision of Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes, UNODC Vienna

5. Permanent Secretariat  in charge of the ANTAI of Panama:

Ms. Angélica Maytín, General Director of ANTAI

We congratulate the nominees, convinced that they will inspire different generations to be trained in anti-corruption matters so that their struggle is more effective, as well as to act with integrity, responsibility and transparency in public or private management.