The 19th edition of the International Anti-Corruption Conference will be held from November 30 to December 5, 2020, with the theme Designing 2030: Truth, Trust & Transparency.
2030 is the year that the Sustainable Development Goals – set by the UN General Assembly in 2015 – are intended to be achieved. However, COVID-19 has plunged the future into uncertainty and corruption has proven to be a blight upon global efforts to tackle the pandemic.
Planning the next 10 years will be crucial for achieving a corruption-free future and the 19th IACC is the platform to take decisive steps towards planning that future.
The IACC is the biggest global forum bringing together the leading experts in their fields to collaborate in the fight against corruption. Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IACC will take place virtually for the very first time. This year’s edition is being hosted and organised by the Korean Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission, along with the IACC Council and Transparency International.
IACC 2020 promises to be a one-of-a-kind event that will feature more than 500 expert speakers from diverse fields such as journalism, business, arts, and activism. There are over 100 workshops and 6 plenary sessions, all featuring people committed to strengthening the global fight against corruption. The full agenda is accessible here.
This year’s conference is free to attend with prior registration, making it accessible to all. Moreover, the virtual nature of the event allows attendees to build their own personalised agendas on the conference platform, meet fellow attendees in conference rooms and engage with partner organisations through virtual booths.
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IACC 2020 highlights:
- Opening ceremony and plenaries: The official opening ceremony takes place on December 1 with opening remarks from the President of the Republic of Korea, Moon Jae-in.
- Anti-Corruption Award: The Anti-Corruption Award recognises the courage and efforts of individuals and organisations around the world that strive for a world free from corruption. This year, the ceremony will take place on December 2, 2020.
- High-level segment: The high-level segment is a forum where many ministers, leaders of international organisations and private companies will come together to discuss strategies for the international collaboration on anti-corruption and present concrete plans.
- Film festival: Films for Transparency (F4T) will run from December 1 to December 4, 2020. It will feature productions highlighting the injustice of corruption around the world. For the first time in the IACC history, the directors and protagonists of the films will participate plenary and discussion panels to bring more light to the pressing issues raised by their productions.
- FairPlay concert: Fair Play is a global movement of music against corruption, created by young, engaged and creative artists from around the world. The IACC 2020 features three concerts from the winners of the Fair Play movement.
- Young Journalists’ Initiative: This IACC will be covered by journalists under 35 years of age who are invested in uncovering corruption and reporting on social issues. The Young Journalists’ Initiative at the IACC was launched in 2010at the 14th IACC in Bangkok, Thailand.
About the Anti-Corruption Award:
Launched in 2000 as the Integrity Award, and renamed in 2016, the Anti-Corruption Award honours remarkable individuals and organisations worldwide, including journalists, public prosecutors, government officials and civil society leaders.
Winners are a source of inspiration to the anti-corruption movement because their actions echo a common message: that corruption can be challenged.
Shortlisted candidates for the 2020 Anti-Corruption Award:
- Ana Gomes: Ana Gomez is an ambassador and former member of European Parliament from Portugal. She has been fighting injustice and corruption over the course of a career spanning decades.
- Bolortuya Chuluunbaatar: Bolortuya Chuluunbaata is a journalist from Mongolia whose work has been a driving force behind accountability for high-level officials in the country. Her work has hugely inspired the public in Mongolia for demanding accountability.
- Botakoz Kopbayeva: Botakoz Kopbayeva is the ex-vice-rector for Financial and Economic Affairs at the Kazakh National Conservatory. She fought corruption despite risks of violence and risks to her job in a repressive and authoritarian environment.
- Zaki Daryabi / Etilaat Roz Newspaper: Zaki Daryabi and his newspaper Etilaat Roz have played a crucial role in challenging government corruption despite the often dire circumstances for independent press and free speech in Afghanistan.
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