Moldova signs the UNCAC Review Transparency Pledge

22 May 2024 –

The Republic of Moldova has become the 39th 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.

The official second cycle UNCAC review process in Moldova, which covers articles on preventive measures (Chapter II of the UNCAC) and asset recovery (Chapter V), was scheduled to begin in 2016/17, but after a redraw of peer reviewers (now Serbia and Israel), the review process just kicked off again in September 2023. Currently, the self-assessment checklist is being filled out. Civil society participation is foreseen at different stages of the review process and follow-up. A civil society parallel report on the implementation of Chapters II and V of the UNCAC in Moldova was produced by Freedom House in 2020.

The Transparency Pledge was signed by Alexandr Pînzari, Director of the National Anticorruption Center of the Republic of Moldova, taking note, in the signature letter, of the UNCAC Coalition’s Guide to Transparency and Participation in the UNCAC Review Mechanism, which outlines good practices of civil society participation to ensure a transparent and inclusive review process and communicated their willingness to improve their cooperation with civil society organizations from the UNCAC Coalition network.

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:

  1. We will publish updated review schedules for our country review
  2. We will share information about the review institution or the coordinator (focal point)
  3. We will announce the completion of the country review indicating where the report can be found
  4. 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
  5. We will organize civil society briefings and public debates about the findings of the report
  6. We will publicly support participation of civil society observers in UNCAC subsidiary bodies

Moldova is one of the 60+ countries which committed to the United Kingdom’s IRM initiative at the 10th Conference of the States Parties to the UNCAC in the USA in December 2023, committing to three principles, which overlap with the Transparency Pledge:

  • Publishing timelines for our country review and keeping country focal point details updated
  • Publishing the full peer-reviewed IRM country report
  • Publishing how civil society and non-state actors can engage in the review and follow-up process

Tracking Compliance

See the country review documents as they are published on Moldova’s UNODC Country Profile page, or find all known details on the status of UNCAC reviews globally, the government focal point and the published documents, available civil society parallel reports, etc.,  all in one place – on our UNCAC Review Status Tracker.

All Pledge signatories’ compliance with their commitment can be monitored on our Transparency Pledge Compliance Map.