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UNODC and justice sector join forces on International Anti-Corruption Day

El Salvador, December 9, 2020. The Central American and Caribbean Judicial Council, the Pro Tempore Presidency of the Central American Judicial Council and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for Central America and the Caribbean (UNODC ROPAN) have joined together to disseminate the campaign "Recovery with Integrity", which is being held in the framework of the International Day against Corruption today, December 9.
The objective of the campaign is to show that corruption has a devastating impact on the lives of people around the world and that it is a practice that exists in different sectors of society.
The initiative communicates current challenges and concrete ways to overcome them. The key messages focus on highlighting the urgency of fighting corruption; recognizing the importance of mitigating corruption to better recover from the crisis; and urging governments and the private sector to ensure transparency, integrity, and accountability in everyday business.
The campaign culminated today, Wednesday, December 9, with the development of the webinar "Challenges to Integrity and the Fight against Corruption in the Justice System: good practices and lessons learned", with the participation of Óscar Armando Pineda Navas, President of the Supreme Court of Justice of El Salvador; Fernando Cruz Castro, President of the Supreme Court of Justice of Costa Rica; Rolando Edgardo Argueta Pérez, President of the Judicial Branch of the Republic of Honduras and Permanent Secretary of the Central American and Caribbean Judicial Council; Alba Luz Ramos, President of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Republic of Nicaragua; Francisco Antonio Jerez Mena, President of the Second Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Dominican Republic and José Eduardo Ayú Prado Canals, Judge of the Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice of Panama.
The opening words of this activity were given by José Vila del Castillo, Regional Representative of UNODC: "Corruption facilitates the embezzlement of funds. Cases have been identified of the existence of strong criminogenic links between organized crime organizations and public officials and this is one of the most obvious means through which criminals manage to misappropriate public funds," said Vila del Castillo.
The UNODC Regional Representative stressed that "now more than ever, governments and all sectors of society must use the tools provided by the United Nations Convention against Corruption to further strengthen anti-corruption agencies, improve oversight of economic stimulus investments, strengthen citizen oversight and increase transparency and accountability in all sectors”.
In this event, the main challenges of the integral justice administration in times of COVID-19 were known; the challenges faced by the countries for the prevention of corruption in times of COVID-19 and some institutional guidelines of the corruption risk management model in the justice sector.
In addition, Patricia Polo Bossio, executive coach and organizational consultant, presented on the topic "Institutional guidelines for the design and implementation of a corruption risk management model in the justice sector".
At the end, Mónica Mendoza, Head of Country Office UNODC El Salvador, offered the conclusions of the presentations.