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3rd Interagency Anti-Corruption Coordination Meeting Held in Vienna on 23 and 24 January 2003
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On the invitation of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) 15 international organisations involved in curbing corruption, including non-governmental organizations (NGO's) and 4 major donors as observers*, came together in Vienna to:
ODC's Centre for International Crime Prevention (CICP) presented a new database on interagency anti-corruption coordination. The database design was approved by the participating agencies and CICP was encouraged to draft a preliminary project and budget proposal for the further expansion of the database.
OIOS made a presentation on the Organisational Integrity Initiative, a multi-agency effort to build a comprehensive ethics infrastructure and corruption controls within the United Nations under the umbrella of the Interagency Anti-Corruption Coordination Process. Participants agreed that interagency anti-corruption co-ordination had to be made a top priority to eliminate waste and increase impact and visibility in the fight against corruption. The meeting renewed its support for the mainstreaming of integrity throughout the various participating organisations and encouraged OIOS to implement its Organisational Integrity Initiative in order to manage the various risks (reputational, operational and financial) associated with corruption.
All participating organisations made brief presentations about their anti-corruption programmes and the challenges they faced.
The Special Advisor to the Royal Norwegian Government on Anti-Corruption, Mrs. Eva Joly also made a presentation to the Group. Mrs. Joly was selected by a number of European newspapers as "Person of the Year" in 2001, for her courageous work as an examining judge in France. Madam Joly's investigations resulted in several high-ranking officials being prosecuted for corruption and other financial crimes. In her remarks, Madame Joly emphasised the importance of functional management information systems and the sharing of information across national and international jurisdictions in corruption investigations.
Mr. Dimitri Vlassis, Secretary of the Ad Hoc Committee for the Negotiation of a Convention against Corruption, briefed the participants on the work completed at the most recent session of the Ad Hoc Committee. He reported that considerable progress was made and the second reading of the draft text was completed. Plans for the signing of the convention in Mexico in December 2003 were on track and a confirmation of the schedule was expected shortly. Issues such as rights to asset recovery and private sector corruption were the subject of a very rich discussion among delegates. Mr.Vlassis highlighted the overall very positive atmosphere in the sessions of the Ad Hoc Committee and expressed his optimism that final agreement would be reached on all matters.
The participants discussed and agreed upon a framework for the future work of the Group. The following draft terms of reference were recommended for review and approval by the membership.
Draft Terms of Reference
* United Nations Agencies and Departments: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS), Office on Drugs and Crime (ODC) Department of Public Information (DPI). Other international organizations: Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), the European Commission (EC), Council of Europe (CoE), Commonwealth Secretariat, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Customs Organisation (WCO), Transparency International (TI) and the Ethics Resource Centre (ERC).
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