Anticorruption experts from G-20 member countries met in Paris last week to assess progress on the fight against global corruption. As a baseline for this assessment, attendees used the wide ranging set of commitments adopted by President Barack Obama and G-20 leaders at the G-20 Summit in November 2010. Those commitments included concrete actions -- such as ratifying and implementing the UN Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC), establishing legislation to counter foreign bribery, and introducing protections for whistleblowers who report corruption -- while creating and strengthening anticorruption bodies.
The information presented at the Paris meeting demonstrates that this G-20 initiative has provided a basis for countries to take a number of tangible steps in the past year to address global corruption. For example, China and Russia have adopted their first foreign bribery legislation. India has ratified UNCAC. South Korea is currently enacting new whistleblower legislation. Saudi Arabia is creating a new anticorruption agency.
The G-20 senior leaders will continue to address this issue at the Cannes Summit in November.