Special events are meetings, presentations or panel discussions on topics that are relevant to the work of the Conference of the States Parties and that are held outside the formal proceedings. Whilst the organization of these meetings is coordinated and facilitated by the Secretariat, the sole responsibility for the content of these events (including promotional material and the events themselves) as well as for the related technical arrangements lies with the organizers.
These events are open to registered participants of the ninth session of the CoSP. The links for online participation to each event can be found on the INDICO platform to which registered participants have access.
The organizations of the United Nations system are committed to enabling events at which everyone can participate in an inclusive, respectful and safe environment. Events facilitated by the UN system are guided by the highest ethical and professional standards, and all participants are expected to behave with integrity and respect towards all participants attending or involved with the event as provided by the Code of Conduct. (Guidelines on the organization of special events)
All times below are Sharm El-Sheikh time (EET).
ONLINE ONLY | Organizer: UNODC Regional Office for South East Asia and the Pacific | Co-organizer: Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat
The special event entitled “Implementing a Pacific Pathway against Corruption” showcased how Pacific Island countries (PICs) are committed to anti-corruption measures through a whole-of-society approach. Panellists from governments, regional organizations, the private sector, media and UNODC highlighted how they have each individually and collectively sought to prevent and fight corruption, be it as integrity institutions with a direct or oversight role, private sector promoting integrity, or through reporting on corruption. The adoption of the Teieniwa Vision as the Pacific roadmap against corruption, building on countries implementation of UNCAC and UNGASS commitments, has provided a strong platform for Pacific voices to continue to be heard. Panellists highlighted that, as stated in the Teieniwa Vision, PICs aim to unite their “voice as a Blue Pacific to ensure that regional anti-corruption priorities are being presented, where possible, as a collective”. The framework for implementation of the Teieniwa Vision, which is under development, will create an enabling environment for the successful implementation of the Vision.
The Summit | Organizer: State of Palestine
The State of Palestine has made tangible efforts to comply with the requirements of Article 13 of the Convention, especially through educational institutions, believing in the need to create a culture that rejects corruption in Palestinian society and for the necessity that fighting corruption should be through enhancing anti-corruption values and behaviours in the younger generations and promoting the principles of integrity, transparency and accountability. The event seeks to review the experience of the State of Palestine in this field and review the cooperation between it and international organizations.
ONLINE ONLY | Organizer: IDLO
The side event, “A rule of law approach to promoting integrity and rebuilding trust", organized by IDLO called attention to the importance of ethics and integrity standards for public officials, particularly in the justice sector, as a means to garner trust in institutions. The event highlighted how effective and accessible justice systems can help to counter corruption and build a culture of transparency and accountability. Panellists stressed that such systems are key to promoting a more inclusive and just recovery from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and to fully implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Panellists shared good practices and innovative ideas in this regard based on the experiences of diverse countries, including France, Indonesia and Namibia, as well as lessons learned from key corruption cases.
Ste Catherine | Organizer: Honduras | Co-organizer: UNCAC Coalition
The 2021 UNGASS Political Declaration reaffirmed the importance of the UNCAC Implementation Review Mechanism (IRM) in the fight against corruption. Seeking a multisectoral approach for this process, Honduras signed the UNCAC Coalition Transparency Pledge. In this panel, representatives from the public sector, civil society and academia discussed working together toward policy reform based on the IRM recommendations.
The Summit | Organizer: Greece
During the special event, a number of national anti-corruption action plans and good practices were presented, with references being made to, among other, specific actions developed and adopted aimed at addressing corruption and raising awareness, the various challenges faced in implementation, the synergies developed and measures adopted to ensure compliance. The discussion between the speakers of the event assessed the impact and the added value of multi-annual national anti-corruption strategies, as well as to promote the exchange of ideas and the identification of good practices.
El Wadi | Organizer: UNODC
The moderated high-level side event “Cross-border cooperation to end corruption: GlobE Network — a global operational network of anti-corruption law enforcement authorities” to promote the GlobE Network was held on the first day of COSP. It was opened by Ms Ghada Waly, Executive Director of the UNODC, who emphasized participation in the GlobE Network marks a determined contribution to worldwide efforts to ramp up and accelerate the fight against corruption. Panellists included expert anti-corruption law enforcement practitioners who are on the frontlines of fighting corruption within their countries. They voiced the important role played by practitioner’s networks in facilitating informal cooperation. The World Bank shared how synergies between international organisations and networks can strengthen anti-corruption efforts. The significant challenges and barriers in international anti-corruption law enforcement cooperation, the expectations of the GlobE Network and advice on the effective and efficient operation of GlobE were discussed. Information was provided on the background, process of establishment and development of the Network since its launch. The event attracted a full house of in-person participants, and online participants joined from across the globe.
El Fayrouz | Organizer: Italy | Co-organizers: Fondazione Vittorio Occorsio, UNODC
The event discussed the growing threats posed by innovative technologies related to Money Laundering, Corruption and TOC. In particular the event discussed money laundering through cryptocurrencies, including stablecoins, as a growing threat because of anonymity, transactions’ speed, and transnationality, involving multiple jurisdictions. Challenges in asset forfeiture in this framework were also discussed, it was highlighted that they requires a multifaceted approach, including to ensure that confiscated assets will be used for public interest and social objectives.
Ste Catherine | Organizer: Colombia
The event aimed at sharing successful and innovative experiences for the prevention of corruption in the public sector, including by using new technologies and strengthening comprehensive compliance mechanisms. Panelists from Colombia, Korea and the United States of America presented national initiatives, plans and policies related to the implementation of Chapter II of the Convention and the achievement of the commitments made in the UNGASS Political Declaration “Our common commitment to effectively addressing challenges and implementing measures to prevent and combat corruption and strengthen international cooperation”.
El Wadi | Organizer: UNODC
The event will bring together a group of prominent women leaders with integrity for a high-level panel discussion. The panel will serve as a forum to reflect on what an inclusive and gender-responsive recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic should include in order to reflect the hallmarks of UNCAC, namely: integrity, transparency and accountability.
El Wadi | Organizer: Brazil
The side-event “Tackling corruption in the prison systems” organized by Brazil addressed the measures to tackle corruption in the prisons systems, taking into account the challenges faced within that environment. Panellists from the penitentiary and justice sectors of Brazil and Paraguay, as well as from UNODC and EL PAcCTO (Europe Latin America Programme of Assistance against Transnational Organised Crime) shared their experience in the field. The event highlighted the need for prison systems to strengthen anti-corruption policies, noting that the development of an organizational culture, operating procedural standards, independent correctional action, and intelligence activities gain special prominence in the role of curbing illicit actions within the prison system.
Ste Catherine | Organizer: Liechtenstein | Co-organizer: UNDP
Organized by the Principality of Liechtenstein and UNDP, the special event provided a venue to exchange perspectives and explore the linkages between corruption and contemporary forms of slavery, including a gender perspective. Sharing key takeaways from a new study on “Corruption and Contemporary Forms of Slavery”, UNDP offered recommendations for the international community, governments, civil society, and the private sector to develop effective strategies to prevent and address them, including putting in place a global monitoring system. Focusing on the social, political, and economic environments that allow perpetrators to act with impunity, speakers from the Liechtenstein Initiative for Finance Against Slavery and Trafficking, OHCHR, SIDA, and Basel Institute called for a comprehensive and integrated approach with multistakeholder engagement to further develop the global discourse and prepare effective measures to tackle the linkages between corruption and contemporary forms of slavery.