UNODC Strengthens Anti-Corruption Efforts in Kiribati with Week-Long Engagement

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Tarawa (Kiribati), 28 November 2023 - The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) recently concluded a comprehensive week-long engagement with Kiribati to support the implementation of its national anti-corruption strategy. Kiribati, having adopted its second National Anti-Corruption Strategy in July 2023, aims to combat and prevent corruption within the country.

The overarching objective of this strategy is to empower Kiribati in its fight against corruption while fostering a cohesive approach to anti-corruption initiatives. It outlines how various laws, governance institutions, and reform programs collaborate to achieve improved anti-corruption outcomes.

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The efforts in Kiribati align with the Teieniwa Vision, emphasizing that integrity-building is a collective responsibility for society as a whole. Civil society organizations (CSOs), youth groups, and the private sector are recognized as crucial partners in promoting transparency, accountability, and public awareness in the fight against corruption.

In line with the Pacific Islands Forum 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific Continent, which underscores the need for enhanced collaboration and cooperation, UNODC conducted a week-long program from November 13th to 17th in Tarawa, Kiribati. The activities included the inaugural meeting of the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) Committee, youth awareness-raising workshops in collaboration with the Kiribati Family Health Association (KFHA), workshops with key institutions such as the Public Service Inspectors, Leadership Code Commission, Attorney General Office, and Kiribati Police Service.

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Additionally, the engagement involved a fruitful discussion with the Private Sector, facilitated by the Kiribati Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), to identify priorities and foster collaboration. The week also featured constructive meetings and brainstorming sessions with the Auditor General and a dialogue with the Ministry of Industry and Commerce.

In these endeavors, Kiribati, with support from UNODC, is making significant advance in its collective stand against corruption. This highlights the pivotal role played by collaboration among stakeholders in constructing a future for Kiribati that is transparent, accountable, and free from corruption.