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UNODC participates in the 17th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC), held in the Republic of Panama, from 1 to 4 December 2016

The 17th International Anticorruption Conference (IACC), organized jointly by Transparency International, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Panama and the National Authority for Transparency and Access to Information, was held in Panama City from 1 to 4 December 2016.

H.E. Juan Carlos Varela, President of the Republic of Panama inaugurated the event, stating that the country by hosting the IACC, "becomes one of the global leaders in the anti-corruption movement, creating in Panama an environment which will enrich and strengthen the work of experts and international leaders."

The conference was supported by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). In this regard, Ms. Candice Welsch, Head of the Implementation Support Section, Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Branch of UNODC Vienna, participated as a speaker in the session entitled "Shared Planet, Shared Responsibility: Creating Multi-Stakeholder Alliances to Combat Crime against Wildlife, Forest and Fishery Crimes."

Moreover, Dr. Amado Philip de Andrés, Regional Representative of UNODC for Central America and the Caribbean, moderated the session entitled "Panama's Independent Experts Committee Report and Country's Vision to Move Forward", whose panelists were Roberto Artavia, Domingo Latorraca and Gian Castillero.

In other panels entitled "Corruption, Security and Organized Crime" and "For an Effective Implementation of UNCAC in support to the SDG 16", UNODC experts such as Samuel De Jaegere, Mirella Dummar and Maria Adomeit also stood out.

After four days of intense debates and with the words of H.E. Isabel de Saint Malo, Vice President and Chancellor of the Republic of Panama, the 17th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) concluded. The event was attended by more than 1,600 participants of civil society, private sector, public sector, international organizations, academia and media from one hundred and thirty (130) countries.