As a key United Nations meeting approaches involving 141 countries, governments are deadlocked about meaningful monitoring of their compliance with the United Nations Anti-Corruption Convention. The meeting will be held in Doha, Qatar on 9-13 November. Decisions made or avoided there could mark a turning point – for better or worse – in global efforts to curb corruption and its destructive impact on millions of people.
The UN Convention is the only global road-map against the systemic corruption that continues to punish the world's most vulnerable. The G-20 communiqué in September called for an effective mechanism to enforce the convention. This is the third attempt to reach an agreement since 2003. A few key governments are resisting measures that ensure country reviews are fair, public and credible.
Transparency International is one of more than 300 civil society groups collectively demanding effective monitoring of UNCAC at the conference in Doha, for which concrete recommendations have been submitted. TI Chair Huguette Labelle will lead a civil society delegation of almost 40 TI chapters and experts to promote a monitoring mechanism that ensures countries live up to their anti-corruption commitments.
Interviews: TI representatives and convention experts from all regions are available for interviews in Arabic, English, French, Russian, Spanish and other languages.
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Notes to editors:
The United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) is the most comprehensive global legal framework for combating corruption. It is a binding agreement ratified by 141 states on standards and requirements for preventing, detecting, investigating and sanctioning corruption. The adoption of an effective review mechanism at the upcoming Conference of States Parties is essential for the success of the UNCAC. The review mechanism is a procedure by which the UN can check how effectively countries are implementing the convention. Such a mechanism has already been used successfully in the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention.
Transparency International is the global civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption.
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