06 October 2021 –
Iceland has become the 29th country to sign the UNCAC Coalition’s Transparency Pledge, voluntarily committing to a high level of transparency and civil society inclusion in the second cycle of the UNCAC implementation review.
Iceland was scheduled to begin its second cycle UNCAC implementation review, which covers articles on preventive measures (Chapter II of the UNCAC) and asset recovery (Chapter V), in 2018. The government has submitted its self-assessment checklist to UNODC and is currently waiting for comments from the reviewing countries United Kingdom and Armenia.
The Transparency Pledge was signed by Iceland’s Minister of Justice, Ms. Áslaug Arna Sigurbjörnsdóttir.
Principles of Transparency
The Transparency Pledge covers the following principles, complementing the UNCAC Coalition’s guide which includes best practice approaches for promoting transparency and participation in the review process:
- We will publish updated review schedules for our country review
- We will share information about the review institution or the coordinator (focal point)
- We will announce the completion of the country review indicating where the report can be found
- We will promptly post online the self-assessment and the full country report in a UN language, together with the executive summary in local languages
- We will organise civil society briefings and public debates about the findings of the report
- We will publicly support participation of civil society observers in UNCAC subsidiary bodies