UNCAC Coalition Names New Chair and Vice Chairs

Berlin, 12 July 2011.

The UNCAC Coalition Coordination Committee met last week in Vienna and selected its first Chair Professor Slagjana Taseva. Professor Taseva is Chair of Transparency International Macedonia. She is also a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the International Anticorruption Academy in Laxenburg, Austria and since 2007 has headed the Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) delegation for the Republic of Macedonia. Professor Taseva specialises in measures against money-laundering, corruption and organised crime.

At the same time, the Coalition announced the selection of two Vice Chairs of the Coalition Coordination Committee, namely Gladwell Otieno Executive Director of the Africa Centre for Open Governance based in Kenya; and Vincent Lazatin Executive Director of the Transparency and Accountability Network in the Philippines.

These appointments were announced on Wednesday 5 July 2011 at a meeting jointly organised by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the Government of Morocco entitled “On the Road to Marrakesh: The role of civil society in fighting corruption.” That meeting was designed to prepare for the 4th Conference of States Parties of the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), which will take place on 24 – 28 October 2011 in Marrakesh Morocco hosted by the Government of Morocco.

The UNCAC Coalition, composed of over 350 members, including over 310 civil society organisations, continues to call for an open and transparent UNCAC review process and looks forward to participation at the forthcoming anti-corruption summit in Marrakesh in October. It plans to present there a set of proposals and recommendations.

Note to Editors

The United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) is the most comprehensive global legal framework for combating corruption. It is a binding agreement ratified by 153 states including standards and requirements for preventing, detecting, investigating and sanctioning corruption.

The UNCAC Coalition was formed in 2006 and is composed of over 310 civil society organisations in more than 100 countries. Its goal is to promote the ratification, implementation and monitoring of UNCAC.

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