A glimpse into the 16th International Anti-Corruption Conference

Putrajaya, Malaysia, 2-4 September – Representatives of Ukrainian government, civil society, UNDP Ukraine, Transparency International Ukraine, and Business Ombudsperson for Ukraine visited the 16th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) to get hands-on experience in tackling corruption.

1914232 269344390260 5347172 nIACC is the world's premier global forum for bringing together heads of state, civil society, the private sector and more to tackle the increasingly sophisticated challenges posed by corruption. It was jointly hosted with the Government of Malaysia, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), and Malaysian Society for Transparency and Integrity (TI Malaysia).
This year's conference was devoted to the theme "Ending Impunity: People. Integrity. Action." It welcomed nearly 1,200 people from 130 countries to discuss one of the world's biggest challenges: how impunity enables the spread of corruption.
11949388 10155973317785261 67613326706593778 nDistinguished speakers and moderators at the conference were Chair of Transparency International Jose Carlos Ugaz Sanchez Moreno, UNDP Director/Chief of Profession, Governance and Peacebuilding Patrick Keuleers, President of Transparency International Malaysia Dato' Akhbar Satar, Chair of the IACC Council Akere Muna, Vice-Chair of Transparency International Elena Panfilova, Director of Law and Justice, Department Of Foreign Affairs And Trade of Australia Daniel Mark Woods, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department of Malaysia Seng Kuan Low, Vice Chairperson of Anti-Corruption & Civil Rights Commission Of Korea Kwak Jin-Young, Director of Global Witness Patrick Alley and other guests.
During different workshops and plenary sessions of the conference, attendees discussed a wide range of topics, including ending impunity, fighting corruption in development and investment, keeping business clean and stopping illicit financial flows, investigating and exposing the truth, etc.
11949281 10155976825555261 2526035521741156746 nInterested in the diversity of corruption-related problems, participants were able to watch the interactive powerful short documentaries featuring Indonesian killings of 1965–66, investigation of the money laundering cases between Australia and Papua New Guinea, corruption in global cricket, whistle-blower's story about the abuses of national security in post­-9/11 America, anti-corruption education games, etc.
In addition to gaining valuable and useful hands-on experience, participants attended the fair of anti-corruption educational institutions, anti-corruption agencies, and international organizations engaged into the global fight against corruption.
FullSizeRender4At the conference, Ukraine was represented by the First Deputy Minister of Justice Natalia Sevostianova, Executive Director of Transparency International Ukraine Oleksii Khmara, Executive Director of Anti-Corruption Action Centre Daria Kalenyuk, Business Ombudsperson for Ukraine Algirdas Šemeta, and Expert of UNDP Ukraine Halyna Kokhan. Representatives of Ukrainian civil society were among speakers at the "Eyes on the bad guys" session, devoted to moving dirty money around the world, and "Corruption as a threat to global security" session. Ukrainian Business Ombudsperson contributed to the session on bringing business and government together to fight corruption.
6-Jeddi-Hi-IMG 0170smallNatalia Sevotianova chaired a session of the side event on promoting integrity in the criminal justice chain organized by UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub. The expert meeting was focused on corruption at all stages of the criminal justice chain, e.g. from the initial reporting to the police, investigation throughout the prosecution, trial until the detention by penal institutions such as prisons.
During the session, the First Deputy Minister brought to the table Ukrainian experience on fighting corruption in criminal justice, lustration of judges, establishment of the anti-corruption prevention agency, introduction of open competition for each position in the government, and providing free legal aid via 3,000 legal aid centres to help vulnerable people and IDPs, etc.
11949445 10155979809440261 5749551831275217752 nThree exciting days of discussing the fight against corruption, complexities of unwrapping corruption, and change of our ways of working in order to fight corruption more effectively resulted in the adoption of the 16th IACC Declaration. It was prepared by a group of young journalists to announce the commitment of a number of governments, including Germany, Norway, Switzerland, the UK, and the USA, to end impunity. "Together we have the power to bring impunity to an end," the conference concludes. The next IACC will be held in Panama in 2017.
Watch videos from this event here.