International Anti-Corruption Conference Mobilizes Activists, Policy-Makers, and Practitioners

Posted by Alyce Ahn
November 19, 2012
Brazilian President Rousseff Speaks During the 15th Annual International Anti-Corruption Conference

Promoting transparency and accountability. Striving for sustainable development. Preventing corruption in sports. Ensuring political transitions lead to good governance. These were among the goals discussed this month in Brasilia, Brazil, as over 1900 participants from 140 countries gathered for the 15th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC).

The largest multi-stakeholder meeting in the world focused on combating corruption, the IACC is a biennial forum where government officials and representatives from nongovernmental organizations, international organizations, development agencies, and the private sector gather to exchange knowledge, evaluate progress, and collectively devise innovative ways to more effectively promote integrity and fight corruption. This year's IACC also placed a special emphasis on preventing and combating corruption by mobilizing and connecting "agents of change."

As a first-time IACC attendee, I was struck by the sense of community that existed among the diverse group of participants and by the centrality given to civil society throughout the plenary and break-out sessions. It was also inspiring and sobering to be surrounded by so many people who have dedicated their lives to combating corruption and demanding justice, some at great personal risk and in the face of ongoing hostility.

Combatting corruption is a priority for the United States as corruption is a barrier to economic growth and hurts American businesses; fuels transnational crime, illicit trade, and terrorism; undermines global development and poverty reduction efforts; and corrodes the pillars of free and accountable societies. As stated by Secretary Clinton, "Corruption not only erodes the trust and confidence that citizens hold in one another and in their governments, it also robs citizens and governments of resources that could be invested in a brighter future."

Much work remains to be done in the fight against corruption. But the IACC reminded all participants that much progress has been achieved over the past 20 years -- corruption is no longer a taboo word; world leaders recognize the importance of combating corruption; and 164 countries have now ratified the United Nations Convention against Corruption, which provides the global community with universal anti-corruption norms and a framework for international cooperation. Moreover, the IACC reminded all participants that a dedicated community of activists, policymakers, and technical experts are committed to working together to achieve the many goals discussed in Brasilia.

You can view more information about the IACC and podcasts of all the sessions here.

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case91
November 21, 2012

W.W. writes:

another false unreal initiative made just to spend gov money : anybody in the international global criminal elite that the internet identify as #new world order, bilderberg and other generic criminal organization would be scalped by now if agencies federal bureaus really worked for the future and the real god of justice /

Robert L.
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Canada
November 21, 2012

Robert L. in Canada writes:

It is encouraging to see these conferences happen and the changing attitudes towards the complacency of the past,This may be the most pressing problem our world faces,, it is at the heart of almost all the strife and violence world wide,No! nation is exempt, and as you say,, "international orginised crime".. so often, almost always! the main benificiaries of the corruption, which is then used to poison our children and start wars to deflect attention from the corruptors,,lives mean nothing to these people,, it is about the money$$,as one criminal said to me in 2005,"we know this is all coming to an end and we dont care, as long as we gets ours"[note please?? always with the "we"??]..."great personal risk" is something I happen to have experience with,, others as well,, and we must have protections in place and!! in action,, or we will not get others to participate in exposing and shutting off corruptions in all its most! EVIL! forms,,, personally, I find medical corruption to be the most despicible of them all,, attacking and abusing the weak and vulnerable,, using their vulnerabilities as weapons,,despicible,, but all too common in my country and in many others as well,,,those who will do such things, will also! do other despicible acts,, so taking them out of play often has a multiple positive over all effect,,..more action! and more, immediate! real consequences,,,victims first,, not!! criminals first,,conferences are all very well,, as far as they go,, but at some point, someone?? has to act,will it be you?.. you?? or you??..good blog US, again,, topical,..

Robert G.
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United States
November 22, 2012

Robert G. in the U.S.A. writes:

The sensibilities about the international finance outworking disabilities from the real successful that collect aims of all.

May be listen for our to work densibility which prove what sector goes on the truth with the policy.

If whether the comparable thougts which had to see you,now what about the placed target nominally ,so this function either just or nor credibiliy to the words in the world.

Yes I can say ,say so no what could be effective statistical to my large thinking...

God Bless America...

Reynaldo M.
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Mexico
December 20, 2012

Reynaldo in Mexico writes:

Dear Maria Otero and Warren Krafchik respectfully ask you to allow me to refer briefly to some background.

To be truly open government, I propose "The Preventive Fighting corruption in Mexico from the municipalities, as an imperative reason of state."
Since 1985 I promote these ideas and in March 1982 coincided with Rocio Campos in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, the Global Forum, where I discussed this proposal and I am fighting for is worth it to improve democracy and accountability in Mexico, from the municipalities.
The opportunity I had to work at the Interior Ministry for seven years from 1995 to 2001, allowed me to strengthen my conviction that in Mexico regardless of partisan stands, we all need to overcome the great national problems.
The experience gained in the General Government, initially as an adviser and later as Director of Policy Analysis and Forecasting, reaffirmed an investigation that took me over 15 years on the municipal building to promote transparency in the source and destination resources from public municipalities to consolidate democratic governance.
One result of this work, a draft decree to amend Article 115 of the Constitution (Annex copy) by which, I propose creating the Councils Citizens Coalition, to fight corruption proactively, through Citizen Participation properly bounded, Transparency and Accountability in Public of the three orders of government from the municipalities.
I have traveled different paths and presented at various national and international forums my book and my proposal, my effort to advance the proposed constitutional reform is strong and I feel confident to ask you respectfully, you know this proposal and encourage discussion and possible approval , which would be a structural reform to strengthen the democratic and transparent system of government, the relationship between society and government shared responsibility, regardless of party acronyms.
I put my ratings following consideration:
1. In the international context there is a greater demand for business partners and government financial and political bodies like the IMF and World Bank, IDB, OAS and others, more transparent economic and political processes in our country and unfortunately we must recognize the longstanding lack transparency, the delay in rendicón accounts and the failure of current federal government in this matter.
2. To combat extreme poverty and misery in which millions of Mexicans are, must be assumed as imperative reasons of state: The Preventive Combat Corruption in Mexico from the municipalities.
3. The transparent use in source and target public resources, should boost growth in the domestic market, the political economic, social and human Mexicans, from the municipal structure to generate wealth by taking advantage of the potential of people and achieve an equitable distribution of national income. Consequently, having a better chance to compete in globalization.
4. It is undeniable that the face of enormous subejercicios federal spending, the scandals of corruption in different political parties, the Federal District government, several states and the largest number of municipalities, fully justified the urgency of both society and the government, we must boost structural reform to mandate transparency in the public service of three orders of government, from municipalities.
5. We must take firm steps to prevent discouragement and disappointment of millions of Mexicans, resulting in choices that lead to violence, and in different historical and recent times has been demonstrated.
6. To promote this initiative would help build consensus among the society and the Government and the legislature to achieve structural reforms benfician throughout the country and give legal certainty and transparency in public service for investors, officials and citizens .
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Assess and accept my offer to you to be promoters of these ideas, in exchange for my contribution respectfully ask you to respect me recognition of my authorship, which is registered with the Copyright, as part of my book: Transparency in the source and destination of public funds from the municipalities to consolidate democratic governance. Luciana Publishing, September 2001.

Could be promoted in different forum and a national survey in Mexico with only one question you agree to go ahead with the comabte Preventive Corruption in Mexico as an imperative reason of state? To the socidad validate or reject an effective preventive control against the corruption, from municpios to promote the development of our Mexico.

Awaiting your kind reply, I send a cordial greeting.

Reynaldo Castro Melgarejo

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