A StAR (Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative)

Side Event
Title of Side Event: A StAR (Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative) Dialogue with Civil Society on Asset Recovery

Coordinator: Stuart C. Gilman (Deputy Director of the Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative (StAR), World Bank and Senior Advisor, Governance, Security and Rule of Law Section of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime)
Date: Thursday 09:00 to 13:00
Location: MC 3

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the World Bank Group (WBG) to respond to the theft of public assets from developing countries launched the Stolen Asset Recovery (StAR) initiative jointly in September 2007. By putting corrupt leaders on notice that stolen assets will be traced, seized, confiscated, and returned to the victim country, StAR would constitute a formidable deterrent to corruption.
Given the nature of the problem of kleptocracy, long term success will depend upon forging and strengthening partnerships among developed and developing countries, as well as other bilateral and multilateral agencies, and civil society. The role of civil society is critical and, for that reason, the results of this side event will result in a white paper to guide StAR's work with civil society on asset recovery. A draft of the white paper will be circulated for comment to all participants in the side event, and the document will be edited to reflect these inputs, before final publication.
Specifically, this four-hour programme will be divided into three linked parts. The first session will be a briefing by the Director and Deputy Director of. StAR. This will conclude with a description of some of the country successes of StAR and substantive areas where obstacles to progress have been identified.

The second session will be a community dialogue with a moderator. The moderator will ensure that as large a number of individuals will have a voice in the discussion, rather than dominated by two or three individuals.

The last session will be devoted to understanding regional problems. For this reason, the group would be divided into geographic sections: the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia. The audience would be invited to join a group either representing their country or where they have a particular interest. 
 
Speakers:
Dimitri Vlassis, Chief, Corruption and Economic Crimes Section, UNODC
Adrian Fozzard, Director StAR
Stuart C. Gilman, Deputy Director, StAR
Professor Anita Ramasastry, Secondment to the StAR Initiative, Professor of Law, University of Washington (USA)
Edouard Al-Dahdah, Economist with the StAR Initiative and World Bank Institute
Mark Vlasic, Counsel, StAR Initiative