28 October 2021 –
The Netherlands has become the 30th 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.
In its signature letter, the Netherlands also takes note 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.
The Netherlands 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 2019. A virtual country visit with the reviewing countries Luxembourg and Vanuatu was conducted in November 2020, and the executive summary and full country report are currently being finalized.
The Transparency Pledge was signed by Mrs mr. L.M .P. de Bie from the Directorate for Law Enforcement and Crime Fighting (DRC) at the Ministry of Justice and Security.
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