UNCAC Review Recommendations: A Roadmap to implement the Convention

 
This activity was funded by the United States of America
 

A national workshop was held in Accra, Ghana, from 4 to 5 of December 2018, hosted by the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), with support from the United National Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The meeting brought together over 20 key national partners (including 8 women) to develop a roadmap for the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC)

Ghana signed the Convention on 9 December 2004, ratified it on 16 December 2005, and deposited its instrument of ratification on 24 June 2007. Ghana undercame the first cycle of UNCAC Review Mechanism, which focused on Chapters III and IV of the Convention, respectively devoted to Criminalization and International Cooperation. Following the first cycle review, recommendations were provided to Ghana in December 2014, along a detailed description of good practices and successes. The recommendations aimed to assist Ghana in successfully implementing the Convention in full, to more effectively prevent, detect, investigate and prosecute corruption. Indeed, organized crime thrives in environments affected by corruption, benefiting from the lack of national capacity to stop such activities.

The national workshop was therefore requested in order to define a roadmap for the effective follow-up of the recommendations received within the framework of the first cycle on UNCAC Review Mechanism.

Through a combination of group and plenary discussions, the workshop led to the drafting and adoption of the roadmap for the implementation of these recommendations. By the end of the two work days, national stakeholders agreed on the prospective actions to be taken by each institution to implement the recommendations within a given timeframe, extending on the next two years. The Director of anticorruption of the CHRAJ, Mr. Charles Ayamdoo, then sent the roadmap to the Office of the President to obtain the highest level of endorsement.

On 9 December 2018, on International anti-corruption Day, Mr. Mahamudu Bawumia, Vice-President of Ghana, referred to the need to follow-up on the recommendations, and as such enhanced the utility of such a roadmap.

Panellists during the workshop

Mr. Ayamdoo stated that during the national workshop, "we have produced a document that we are all committed to implement," and highlighted that Ghana "tremendously appreciates UNODC's continuous support," as well as noted that through the ongoing collaboration with UNODC, Ghana will continue to "strongly beneficiate from this support."

Ms. Virginia De Abajo Marques, UNODC Anti-Corruption Adviser for West and Central Africa, reiterated UNODC's will to support Ghana in the fight against corruption, and noted that UNODC is "just a quick call away" and available to continue supporting Ghana in the implementation of the roadmap.

Additionally, during the workshop, UNODC received further requests to provide legislative advice on national bills linked to corruption matters, including extradition and the criminalization of corruption offences.

UNODC's support to implement the UNCAC in Ghana is in line with the development of UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), in particular Goal 16.5 which aims to "Substantially reduce corruption and bribery in all their forms " and Goal 16.6 "Develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels". Also, the important representation of woman in each of the successive activities that led to the drafting of this new project law demonstrates UNODC's commitment to SDG 5, dedicated to ensuring "women's full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision making in political, economic and public life".

For more information:

United Nations Convention against Corruption

Midterm report of UNODC Regional Programme (Nov 2018)

UNODC contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals