Joint statement: civil society key recommendations for ASEAN level implementation of SDG Goal 16

Issued by Transparency International Secretariat



We the undersigned civil society organisations, recognise the importance of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16 as a strong and effective mechanism to fight corruption in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region together with promoting transparency, accountability and people’s participation in governance.

The ASEAN Vision 2025 emphasises strengthening democracy, good governance, and the rule of law, promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms as well as combating corruption to uplift people’s standard of living in the ASEAN region. We call on ASEAN to incorporate the relevant SDG anti-corruption and good governance targets as key indicators in constructing the ASEAN Integrity Dialogue, the mechanism to promote anti-corruption work proposed in the ASEAN 2016-2025 work plan. This should specifically include targets related to tackling corruption and bribery, stopping illegal financial flows within and out of the region, the enactment and implementation of right to information laws realising peoples’ right to search, receive and impart information, and building strong institutions, including a network of strong anti-corruption commissions in the ASEAN region embracing the Jakarta principles.

All ASEAN governments should be accountable to their citizens in achieving these targets which they declared their commitment to by approving the SDGs in 2015. This is imperative considering the adoption of the ASEAN Economic Community which fosters open markets and a free flow of goods and services creating new challenges in upholding integrity and good governance.

The ASEAN secretariat should lead in monitoring its members’ commitments individually and collectively and should recognise the meaningful role that civil society has to play. This includes providing sufficient opportunities for CSOs to engage with their government and the ASEAN Secretariat in achieving the SDG targets and recognising the space for civil society in monitoring governments’ commitments.

 

Signatories:   

Asian Democracy Network

Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development

Centre to Combat Corruption & Cronyism, Malaysia

Cooperation Committee for Cambodia

Luta Hamutuk and TI Focal Point, East Timor

Indonesia Global Compact Network

Myanmar Alliance for Transparency and Accountability

Proright Foundation, Thailand

The NGO Forum, Cambodia

Transparency International Cambodia

Transparency International Indonesia

Transparency International Malaysia

Transparency International Secretariat

Towards Transparency Vietnam

Yone Kyi Yar, Myanmar


For any press enquiries please contact

T: +49 30 3438 20 666
E: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Latest

Support Transparency International

Asylum for Sale: Refugees say some U.N. workers demand bribes for resettlement

A 7-month investigation found reports of UN staff members exploiting refugees desperate for a safe home in a new country. By Journalists for Transparency reporter Sally Hayden. 

The trillion dollar question: the IMF and anti-corruption one year on

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has made public commitments and adopted a new framework to address corruption - we check how the IMF is progressing with this one year later.

Three years after the Panama Papers: progress on horizon

The explosive Pulitzer Prize-winning global media project known as the "Panama Papers" turned three years old, and there are many reasons to celebrate.

Call for papers: the Global Asset Registry workshop – Paris, July 1-2

ICRICT, the World Inequality Lab project, Tax Justice Network, and Transparency International are co-hosting a workshop to develop the framework for a Global Asset Registry in Paris on July 1-2. The organisers wish to invite original, high-quality papers for presentation.

Troika Laundromat signals a different kind of financial crisis

The Troika Laundromat investigation shines a spotlight on a cast of new and familiar characters in the ongoing saga surrounding flows of dirty money through the world’s financial system.

الأبعاد الخطيرة للتعديلات الدستورية المقترحة في مصر

يتأهب نواب البرلمان المصري للمصادقة على سلسلة من التعديلات الدستورية، التي ستؤدي في حال تمريرها إلى ترسيخ مزيد من السلطة بيد الرئيس، وتنصيب الجيش مجددا كأعلى سلطة في البلاد.

The alarming message of Egypt’s constitutional amendments

Parliamentarians in Egypt look set to approve a series of constitutional amendments this week that, if passed, would consolidate power in the office of the president, while restoring the military as the ultimate authority in the country.

Восточная Европа и Центральная Азия: слабая система сдержек и противовесов

Индекс восприятия коррупции (ИВК) за этот год представляет печальную картину касательно мер по борьбе с коррупцией в Восточной Европе и Центральной Азии. За несколько лет в этом регионе был достигнут очень незначительный прогресс в борьбе с коррупцией.

Social Media

Follow us on Social Media