Friday, 17 December - Morning

09:00-
10:00
Practical steps towards political finance transparency

El Wadi | Organizer: International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES)

The special event focused on political finance transparency (UNCAC 7.3), and included discussions with topic experts on practical reforms that can directly benefit policy makers and oversight institutions working on this issue, highlighting lessons learned from different contexts and countries. Speakers at this event included Mr. Oleksandr Novikov, Chairman of the National Agency on Corruption Prevention of Ukraine, Ms. Lisa Klein, former Director for Party and Election Finance at the UK Electoral Commission, Mr. Magnus Ohman, Senior Global Political Finance Advisor and Director of the IFES Regional Europe Office, and Ms. Uchechi Anyanwu, Legal and Anticorruption Officer at the IFES Center for Anti-Corruption and Democratic Trust.

09:00-
10:00
Ninth Forum of Parliamentarians: Implementing integrity

El Fayrouz | Organizer: Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) | Co-organizer: UNODC Regional Office for Southeast Asia and the Pacific

UNODC partnered with the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption to present a COSP9 Special Event, the 9th Forum of Parliamentarians: Implementing Integrity, on 17 December 2021. Pacific participants included former Palau Governor and legislator, Leilani Reklai, who spoke on the role of the media in anti-corruption, UNODC Anti-Corruption Adviser Annika Wythes and GOPAC Oceania Secretary John Hyde.

09:00-
10:00
Environmental corruption as a roadblock to reaching the SDGs

Ste Catherine | Organizer: Basel Institute on Governance | Co-organizers: Environmental and Law Enforcement agencies from Peru, Bolivia, Uganda and Malawi

During the event ‘Environmental Corruption as a Roadblock to Reaching the SDGs’, the panelists from government and civil society explored efforts and remaining gaps in preventing and combatting corruption that undermines conservation efforts. They provided examples of some of the main anti-corruption tools aiming to reduce environmental crime, and debated on their challenges and success factors. The panel discussed research findings on the connection between corruption and environmental degradation and how collaboration between the anti-corruption and conservation authorities and stakeholders could be improved. They further described some of the main environmental challenges that countries were facing today, including areas that were most likely to hold back the achievements of SDGs. The importance of multi-stakeholder and inter-agency cooperation and the ways to enhance institutional culture of integrity were emphasized. Finally, the panel highlighted the importance of understanding local attitudes and opinions, including through population polls, to ensure targeted awareness raising and anti-corruption approach.

09:00-
10:00
Management of recovered assets in Africa: Challenges and opportunities

Nile Valley | Organizer: The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ), Civil Forum for Asset Recovery e.V. (CIFAR) | Co-organizers: Nigeria, UNCAC Coalition 

The event discussed how to improve practices related to the management of recovered assets based on international experiences and identified challenges and opportunities. The session also discussed how to improve transparency and accountability in asset management, as ways to increase the amount of assets recovered, and how to promote greater international cooperation and capacity-building. It included presentations from civil society, government and bilateral/donor agencies.

Friday, 17 December - Lunchtime

12:00-
13:00
The role of the professions as gatekeepers

El Wadi | Organizer: International Bar Association (IBA) | Co-organizer: International Federation of Accountants (IFAC)

The International Bar Association (IBA) (through its Legal Projects Team and Anti-Corruption Committee) and International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) convened leaders from both professions, along with a high-level speaker from the U.S. State Department, to discuss the professions’ role as “gatekeepers” of the global financial system, how they play a key role in the fight against corruption, and how they can enhance these contributions going forward. There are a number of important similarities between the legal and accountancy professions, including a shared commitment to fighting corruption and financial crimes more broadly. Both lawyers and accountants work throughout the public and private sector and play vital roles in improving legal and regulatory frameworks, preventing, identifying and mitigating corruption, prosecuting bad actors and working on asset recovery. With this side event, the IBA and IFAC sought to raise awareness of the gatekeeper roles of the professions, as well as strengthen the dialogue between the professions with the UN and others, enhancing the partnership on these important issues. The discussion at UNCAC CoSP9 built off the IBA-IFAC side event at UNGASS in June 2021, which took a closer look at issues around professional ethics and independence.

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12:30-
13:30
Tackling transnational organized corruption: Linking UNTOC and UNCAC

El Fayrouz | Organizer: Transparency International, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime | Co-organizer: Italy, Mexico

This special event looked at aspects of transnational organized corruption and at the benefits of linking the UNCAC and UNTOC frameworks in our efforts to prevent and counter corruption. Governmental and non-governmental experts discussed cases showing the interplay between organized crime and corruption. The examples ranged from cross-border corruption used by structured organized criminal groups to grand corruption schemes involving transnational networks of public officials, companies and professionals. The panel considered proposals for better coordination of discussions and monitoring of UNCAC and UNTOC, with the aim of improving anti-corruption efforts worldwide. The event featured panellists from Transparency International, the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime, the Government of Italy, the Government of Mexico and other expert speakers.

12:00-
13:00
Energy transition in Africa: An anti-corruption perspective

Ste Catherine | Organizer: Policy Alert | Co-organizer: CISLA - Nigerian Chapter of Transparency International, HEDA of the Resource Centre in Nigeria, Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI)

The energy transition to cleaner, renewable alternatives has been heralded as a solution for both the energy and the climate crises. But the energy transition is not happening in a governance vacuum and it is now clear that the path to a low-carbon energy future faces corruption risk. This side event explored trends in energy transition and the link to corruption, with a focus on resource-rich African countries.

12:30-
13:30
Tackling corruption linked to environmental crime

Nile Valley | Organizer: Wildlife Justice Commission | Co-organizers: France, Belgium, UNODC

The event ‘Tackling corruption linked to environmental crime’ discussed the link between corruption and environmental crime. The panelists presented case studies of successfully adjudicated cases, and examples of how corruption facilitates different forms of environmental crime. Entry points for conducting financial investigations, the importance of public-private partnerships and of specialized investigative techniques, alongside successful strategies to prevent and address corruption were highlighted. Outcomes of a study on global efforts to implement CoSP resolution 8/12 on corruption as it relates to crimes that have an impact on the environment were also presented.

Friday, 17 December - Afternoon

16:00-
17:00
An international overview of whistleblower laws and best practices

Ste Catherine | Organizer: Government Accountability Project (GAP)

This event highlighted the important role that whistle-blowers around the world play in fighting corruption. It allowed to discuss the identified international and national best practices for the establishment of strong whistle-blower protection systems; the remaining key challenges in the implementation of the whistle-blower protection laws as well as the lessons learned and recommendations for the future. The event had the vocation to be educational and inform the audience about the international best practices for whistleblower laws and provide support for implementing the commitments on whistleblower protection included in the political declaration that member states signed during the 2021 UNGASS Against Corruption.

 
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