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20th International Anti-Corruption Conference opens in DC with international leaders highlighting corruption as a key threat to global security

WASHINGTON – The 20th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC), the world’s largest independent global forum to fight corruption, begins today in Washington D.C. Over the course of the five-day conference, heads of state, business leaders, major international financial institutions, civil society organizations and journalists from over 140 countries will assess how to respond to key global challenges in which corruption plays a central role, including the climate crisis, democratic integrity, global security and the influence of dirty money on our economic and political systems.

Register for press accreditation at this link.

The conference will feature remarks from other prominent government leaders and anti-corruption experts from around the world (full list here), including but not limited to:

  • Antony Blinken, U.S. Secretary of State

  • Isabel Saint Malo, Former Vice President of Panama and Minister of Foreign Affairs

  • David Malpass, President of the World Bank

  • Frederick Obermaier, Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist

  • Samantha Power, USAID Administrator

  • Maia Sandu, President of Moldova

  • Jake Sullivan, U.S. National Security Advisor to President Biden

This year’s conference will focus on the theme “Uprooting Corruption, Defending Democratic Values,” and comes at a time in which corruption poses the most serious threat to the global order in decades. The conference will provide a timely platform for discussion and action on critical threats, such as the compounding impacts of global corruption on the human, economic and social consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic; how corruption slows meaningful progress to address the climate crisis; the rise of kleptocratic and authoritarian regimes; and the weakening of democracies across the world–particularly in the context of the invasion of Ukraine and several humanitarian crisis across the world.

View the full IACC schedule here.

Delia Ferreira Rubio, chair of Transparency International, said:

“From the pandemic to the aggression of kleptocratic regimes and the growing impact of climate change, there is no way to resolve the biggest problems facing the world today without addressing corruption first. This year’s IACC takes place at a critical moment in the fight against corruption as governments around the world renew their focus to anti-corruption efforts–introducing new commitments, launching new anti-money laundering directives and recognizing corruption as a core security concern. This year, the IACC will convene global leaders to determine how we harness the power of this moment to address corruption now and in the future.”

In addition to more than 70 conference panels and plenaries, the IACC will host the 6th edition of the Films4Transparency (F4T) film festival, which gives a platform for documentary films that expose corruption cases and push for a fairer, more equitable world. Films will be shown during the evening throughout the conference. Please see here for a full schedule. As well, the conference will conclude with the Fair Play concert, headlined by emcee Rakim, which will feature music from young artists who work to raise awareness of the impact of corruption on their communities. The concert will be at the 9:30 Club in Washington D.C. on 10 December. Register for tickets here.

The IACC 2022 is hosted by the U.S. government and organized by the International Anti-Corruption Conference Council and Transparency International, in partnership with Transparency International U.S.


Information to apply for press accreditation can be found at this link.

For those joining us in person, the press room will be located in the CAPITOL ROOM in the west wing of the Omni Shoreham and will be accessible to media throughout the conference. Transparency International will hold daily media briefings, host Q&A sessions with select speakers and provide meeting space for arranged interviews.

Tuesday’s media briefing will take place at 8:45 a.m. ET in the press room and on a live stream at this link.

If you would like to arrange interviews with conference speakers, please contact Samantha Nurick at [email protected].