Corporate governance in the post-Enron era, political party finance, recovery of stolen assets, money laundering, and corruption in post-conflict reconstruction on the agenda of the world’s premium anti-corruption event
President Roh Moo-hyun of South Korea, Vice President Carlos Mesa of Bolivia, the first Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court Luis Moreno Ocampo and former UN human rights commissioner Mary Robinson will converge on Seoul on 25-28 May 2003 along with ministers, public prosecutors, leading NGOs, and top representatives of many industries, including mining, petroleum and banking, for the 11th International Anti-Corruption Conference - the largest global event examining corruption and ways to combat it (programme details are available at http://www.11iacc.org/iacc).
The 11th IACC, is co-organised by Transparency International, the world's leading non-governmental organisation fighting corruption, and hosted by the Government of South Korea. It will be attended by business and political luminaries, many of whom are drawn from the ranks of the anti-corruption movement. Korea's new Prime Minister, Goh Kun, also former mayor of Seoul and Chairman of Transparency International-Korea, will address the conference. Other speakers will include Luis Moreno Ocampo of Argentina and John Githongo of Kenya. Moreno Ocampo was recently appointed the first Chief Prosecutor of the newly inaugurated International Criminal Court, and was formerly both chairman of Poder Ciudadano, Transparency International's national chapter in Argentina, and a member of TI's Board of Directors. Githongo, a former TI Board member and Executive Director of TI Kenya, is now Permanent Secretary for Governance and Ethics in the office of Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki.
Partners in preparing the conference include the United Nations, the World Bank, Interpol and the International Association of Prosecutors, as well as the International Chamber of Commerce, Global Witness and Public Services International. Delegates from Japan will include Takaji Hishiyama of the Center for Corporate Behavior. Among the journalists expected are Greg Palast, author of The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, and Justin O'Brien, author of the forthcoming book A Corrupted State: Wall Street On Fire.
The 11th IACC will be opened by Korean President Roh Moo-hyun. Highlights will include presentation of the Transparency International Integrity Awards 2003, which recognise the bravery of individuals and groups who have shown outstanding courage in the fight against corruption, and the Best Investigative Journalism Report on Corruption in Latin America and Caribbean.
The IACC will include 60 hands-on workshops on money laundering, the media, corruption in aid, health, post-conflict reconstruction, and party funding. The conference will also feature numerous side events, including Film for Transparency II, an international film festival showcasing feature and student films from around the globe, and Art for Transparency, an exhibition of Korean and international art on anti-corruption themes.
The 11th IACC will, for the first time, be directly followed at the same venue by the Global Forum III (29-31 May 2003), an intergovernmental conference on confronting corruption and safeguarding integrity (see: www.globalforum3.org/).
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