VIENNA, 13 November 2006 (UNODC) - Countries which ratified the United Nations Convention against Corruption will hold a high-level meeting in Jordan from 10 to 14 December 2006 to review its first year in force and consider ways of stepping up international efforts to fight corruption.
The Convention, which came into force on 14 December 2005, is the first legally binding international anti-corruption instrument. So far, 140 States have signed the Convention and 80 have ratified it to become full-fledged States Parties.
The Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption will take place at the King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre on the Dead Sea. It will be opened by His Majesty King Abdullah II, King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
Ministers, policy-makers, practitioners and representatives of civil society and the private sector will focus on mechanisms to enforce compliance with the Convention, asset recovery and technical assistance to build national capacity to combat corruption.
Other issues will include embezzlement, laundering of the proceeds of crime, obstruction of justice and mutual legal assistance between countries in gathering evidence for use in trials and extradition proceedings.
All plenary meetings and side events will be open to the media.
Nota bene: Journalists should contact the media focal point, Issa Abu Sair, to provide exact details of any equipment they may wish to take with them, since certain types of equipment are banned in Jordan and/or require special permission from the Jordanian authorities. Mr. Abu Sair can be reached on his mobile phone at the following number: 00 962 777 29788. His e-mail is email@example.com
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