Ninth session of the Implementation Review Group (9th IRG)
Vienna, 3–5 September 2018
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The Implementation Review Group (IRG) Briefing for NGOs is a pendant to the main IRG meeting that has a session in June each year. From 3 to 5 September 2018, the IRG will continue its 9th holding, which started in June 2018. On 5 September, UNODC will provide an IRG Briefing for NGOs (see Programme for the Briefing).
Implementation Review Group
The resumed 9th session for the Implementation Review Group (IRG) for the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) will take place from 3–5 September 2018 at the UN Office in Vienna. The three main agenda items are a review of the implementation of the Convention, the performance of the review mechanism, and technical assistance to enhance countries’ implementation efforts.
Exclusion of NGO observers
The IRG sessions are open to UNCAC signatory states and intergovernmental organisations. So far civil society organisations have not been permitted to participate as observers, due to opposition from a small but influential group of countries. This is problematic because it is inconsistent with international human rights standards, with Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals and with transparency and participation standards in the Convention itself.
Instead of including civil society representatives in its meetings, since 2011 the IRG holds a Briefing for non-governmental organisations (NGOs). During these briefings, UNODC provides representatives of civil society organisations with information on the status of the review process and review discussions, and there is also an opportunity for those representatives to ask questions and make presentations on key issues to the government representatives who also attend the meeting.
UNCAC Coalition Special Events, 5 and 6 September 2018
As part of the Briefing, the UNCAC Coalition is organising three thematic panel discussions on the following topics:
Effective Disclosure – Applying asset and interest declarations to strengthen accountability of public officials and manage conflicts of interest
Wednesday, 5 September 2018, 13:30 – 15:00This session aims to highlight good practices related to the implementation of asset and interest disclosure mechanisms. The panelists will discuss current issues regarding disclosure, verification, oversight and sanctioning mechanisms.
Organiser: UNCAC Coalition
Location: C Building, Boardroom D (4th floor)
Sustainable Development Goals and UNCAC
Thursday 6 September 2018, 09:00 – 10:30This panel aims examine how the UNCAC and SDG processes complement and support each other and how each can be used to support and promote the other over the next year.
Organisers: UNCAC Coalition, ARTICLE 19 and the United Kingdom
Location: M Building, Room M7
A human rights-based approach to corruption
Thursday 6 September 2018, 13:30 – 15:00This special event aims to advance Vienna discussions on the interplay between corruption and human rights and to present proposals for steps to take in Vienna and Geneva. The panelists will discuss latest developments in linking the two subjects and practical measures to increase synergies between the two constituencies and their work.
Organisers: UNCAC Coalition, Transparency International and Switzerland
Location: M Building, Room M7