Day Two: Session 1

Session 1 Prevent rather than regret: UNCAC opens doors to corruption prevention

Coordinator: Andrea Figari, Transparency International
Date: Friday 17:00 to 19:00
Location: The Banqueting Hall

If corruption is seen as an obstacle to sustainable development, in this globalized world the UN Convention against Corruption is truly the only global instrument to address corruption in its many forms. Moreover, with a wide range of preventive measures, the UNCAC can be a leverage point to many reform initiatives currently planned or under way. Sometimes weak judiciary institutions hinder a prompt conviction of those accused of corruption. Other times, those who are victims of corruption don't have the means to take their case to court. On the other hand, an effective implementation of preventive measures can help address the risks of corruption at the root: before the crime is committed, before assets are stolen, before public funds are misused, before public services are not delivered. Effective prevention is also the fairest way to bring the benefits of anti corruption initiatives to those victims of corruption who, marginalized and deprived of their right to development, would not have other ways to fight corruption other than demanding transparency and participating in efforts to keep the authorities accountable. Five years after its signature, there is almost unanimous agreement among UNCAC parties that the focus on preventing corruption might be the way forward. This workshop aims at exploring how stakeholders such as public administrations, private sector and civil society can help to advance the successful implementation of preventive measures.

Moderator: Muhyieddeen Touq, Ambassador, Jordanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Head, Group on Preventive Measures, UNODC
Rapporteur: Ximena Salazar, Regional Coordinator - Conventions Programme, Transparency International
Panellists: Leandros Rakinzis, General Inspector of Public Adminstration
Fritz Heimann, Senior Conventions Advisor, Transparency International
Andrea Figari, Tranpsarency International