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UNODC delivers training on the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) and its Implementation Review Mechanism (IRM) in collaboration with UNDP, in Belize

As a result of the recent accession of Belize to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) hosted a multi-sectoral workshop from 3 to 4 May 2017 in Belize City.

The event initiated with opening remarks delivered by Mr. Micheal Peyrefitte, Attorney General of Belize; Ms. Karen Bernard, Deputy Regional Representative of UNDP for Belice and El Salvador, and Ms. Cristina Ritter, Legal Expert of UNODC.

The training covered several topics of interest, including basic anti-corruption concepts, the spirit of the instrument with an analysis of its provisions, the prevention of corruption in public procurement, the criminalization of corruption offenses, interpretation of the Convention in the line with human rights, along with the steps and methodology of the UNCAC's Implementation Review Mechanism.

During  the second day, participants started to complete Belize's self-assessment of UNCAC's Chapters III and IV, corresponding to the first cycle of the IRM.

In addition to the workshop, appearances in television and radio stations were performed in order to welcome Belize to this global anti-corruption community, as well as to raise awareness and inform the public about the way forward for Belize in this new anti-corruption journey.

The training was provided by Ms. Cristina Ritter Legal Expert of UNODC and was attended by forty two (42) participants, including high-level authorities of the public sector such as Mr. Micheal Peyrefitte, Attorney General of Belize, H.E. Benjamin Kenneth, Chief Justice, the Ombudsman, the Head of the Integrity Commission, the Director of the Public Prosecutor's Office, Ministers, Senators, the National Police and the Financial Intelligence Unit. Prominent figures of the private sector and civil society of Belize also assisted, including two CEOs, as well as the Presidents of the National Youth Council, the National Evangelist Association of Belize and the Bar Association, among others.