Manzoor Hasan, 12 April 2017
At the beginning of 2017 we have seen tremendous changes in politics in the West. From President Trump taking office in the White House to the United Kingdom’s triggering of Article 50, notifying the European Union of its intention to leave, the implications of these changes are yet to be fully felt or understood. Continue reading →
Focus on asset recovery
J.C. Weliamuna is a human rights lawyer and President of the Sri Lankan Presidential Task Force on Stolen Assets Recovery. He is former executive director of Transparency International Sri Lanka and a former member of the International Board of Transparency International. Representing the Presidential Task Force, he participated in two meetings on asset recovery that took place in February in Addis Ababa and Lausanne. Continue reading →
Tetiana Shevchuk, 11 April 2017
Three years ago the ousted President of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, and his close associates (so called the “Family”) fled the country. Given that they are under investigation for embezzlement and misuse of public funds, the public had high expectations that any money stolen by them would soon return to Ukraine. Continue reading →
On 14-16th February 2017, the International Expert Meeting on the management and disposal of stolen assets took place in Addis Ababa. The meeting provided an opportunity for asset recovery experts and development practitioners to come together and recognise the impact of corruption on economic and social development and the role asset recovery could have in providing resources to meet the Sustainable Development Goals. Continue reading →
Focus on beneficial ownership transparency
Paul Radu, 11 April 2017
Three years ago, the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) exposed the “Russian Laundromat” – an immense financial fraud scheme that enabled vast sums to be pumped out of Russia. The money, totalling more than US$20 billion, was laundered and moved into Europe and beyond through bribery and a clever exploitation of the legal and banking systems in the Republic of Moldova and Latvia. Continue reading →
Andreas Pavlou, 10 April 2017
Earlier this year, the European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs and Civil Liberties committees voted to strengthen beneficial ownership transparency rules across the European Union as part of the current revision to the 4th EU Anti-Money Laundering Directive. Continue reading →
Zosia Sztykowski, 7 April 2017
The Panama Papers leak ignited political will for corporate transparency and led to a number of commitments by countries around the world to establish central, public registers of beneficial ownership. The public nature of these registers was deemed critical to allowing access to the information for all potential users, including civil society watchdogs and business. Continue reading →
Serena Lillywhite, 7 April 2017
Having lived in Cambodia, I have seen first-hand the impacts of poor transparency and elite capture of corporate ownership and benefits. Yet this is far from being just a developing country problem, it is a global one. Continue reading →
Update from members: the second review cycle
Nine months into the second review cycle of the UNCAC review process, we have been asking members in the countries participating about their experiences so far. Continue reading →
Successful civil society training in Nigeria on the UNCAC review mechanism and the Open Government Partnership
David Ugolor, 12 April 2017
The Africa Network for Environmental and Economic Justice (ANEEJ) is working to enhance the capacity of civil society including journalists to support the Nigerian government in its efforts related to the UNCAC review mechanism and the Open Government Partnership (OGP). Continue reading →
UNCAC: Wake up to open contracting! How the digital revolution can prevent corruption in procurement
Gavin Hayman, 7 April 2017
I am embarrassed to say that I can remember, over a decade ago, when the UN Convention against Corruption was new and – believe it or not – relatively exciting. It wasn’t just one of the first international instruments to outlaw bribery, it also recognised and attempted to address some of the key corruption risks in government. Continue reading →
Margarida Silva, 7 April 2017
When discussing corruption we often just imagine shady scenarios where money changes hands. However, public scandals like that involving former President Barroso have raised people’s attention to the threat of conflicts of interest created by revolving doors. Continue reading →
Coalition in partnership
The regional conference on Fast-tracking Implementation of United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) for Economic and Social Development in Southeast Asia that took place in Bangkok from 31 January to 3 February came at a pivotal time, as ASEAN (the association of Southeast Asian nations) turns 50 this year. Continue reading →
Member in the spotlight
Our mission is to combat corruption and promote transparency and accountability with the participation of the population of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). We also aim to mobilise citizens to fight corruption and corruption-related impunity. Continue reading →
Calendar of events
- 22-26 May 2017: UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, Vienna, Austria
- 19-23 June 2017: UNCAC Implementation Review Group Meeting and Briefing for NGOs, Vienna, Austria
- 11-14 July 2017: Global Forum on Asset Recovery, Washington DC, USA
- 21-23 August 2017: Working Group on Asset Recovery, Vienna, Austria
- 24-25 August 2017: Working Group on Prevention of Corruption, Vienna, Austria
- 6-7 November 2017: Open-ended Working Group on International Cooperation, Vienna, Austria
- 6-10 November 2017: UNCAC Conference of States Parties, Vienna, Austria
- 7-8 November 2017: UNODC resumed Implementation Review Group, Vienna, Austria
In this first comprehensive analysis of the revolving doors between EU institutions and other sectors, Transparency International EU has analysed the career paths of 485 members of the European Parliament and 27 Commissioners. It highlights concerns about conflicts of interest beyond the individual scandals and provides recommendations for reform to the European Commissioners, Members of the European Parliament and the staff of EU institutions more generally.
Read the Transparency International EU Access All Areas Report, January 2017.
A report by Kroll and the Ethisphere Institute based on the survey responses of senior executives working in ethics, compliance or anti-corruption. It finds that reputational risk is high on the agenda of executives around the world and that 57 per cent expected their organisational risk to persist in 2017.
Read the Kroll and Ethicsphere Institute Anti-bribery and Corruption Benchmarking Report, March 2017.
This 2017 title from Transparency International investigates how real estate is used to launder the proceeds of crime and corruption. Focusing on Australia, Canada, the UK and the US markets, it tells a compelling story and presents recommendations for cleaning up the real estate sector.
Read the Transparency International Doors Wide Open Report, March 2017.
In a report by the High Level Advisory Group on Anti-Corruption and Integrity, the OECD has published recommendations to help it strengthen its work in combatting corruption and fostering integrity. It focuses on improving existing regulations, developing new international benchmarks and enhancing coordination.
Read the OECD On Combatting Corruption and Fostering Integrity Report, March 2017.
UNCAC review reports
There are now 150 executive summaries, 71 full country reports and 15 self-assessments from the first review cycle published on the UNODC website on the Country Profiles page.
Official country reports are available on both the UNODC website (linked above) and on the UNCAC Coalition website (currently being updated).
UNCAC Coalition regional platforms
The UNCAC Coalition has two new regional platforms for sharing experiences and corruption-monitoring methodologies, building partnerships and exchanging updates about the status of UNCAC reviews.
This UNCAC Coalition Newsletter was produced by Gillian Dell, Transparency International Secretariat and Rebecca Dobson, editor, with assistance from Kai Chan, web developer.
The UNCAC Coalition Newsletter is funded by the Sigrid Rausing Trust.