12th Crime Congress

The UNCAC Coalition builds bridges

Posted in Uncategorized by 12thcrimecongress on 13 April 2010

Every time I meet someone here and they start telling me why they’re at the Congress, I get the impression that what I see happening as I go about my business is just the very tip of the iceberg. Let people say what they will about other forums, this United Nations conference seems to be a golden opportunity for participants of all kinds to mingle, talk shop and forge strategic relationships.

And hooking up with people is precisely why Andrea Figari, Global Programmes Manager of Transparency International, has come to Salvador. Andrea is at the Congress representing the UNCAC Coalition, of which Transparency is the Secretariat. In the leaflet she left me, it says that “the Coalition is a global network of more than 200 civil society organizations in over 100 countries, committed to promoting the ratification, implementation and monitoring of the UN Convention against Corruption”.

“This is the first time that Transparency has come to a UN crime congress. We’re here to build bridges between the crime and corruption communities,” she says, explaining that “there are many links, for example, between corruption and money-laundering, asset recovery and trafficking. Transnational organized crime wouldn’t exist without corruption”.

Tomorrow (14 April), the results of some alliance-building efforts will be presented at 10 a.m. in the Juriti room in the form of two joint statements: one between the UNCAC Coalition and the Alliance of NGOs on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, and one entitled “Coalition call for G20 action on illicit financial flows”.

In addition, Andrea invites all participants to a meeting at 3 p.m. in the Kanela room, also tomorrow, to learn more about the work of the UNCAC Coalition and about ways in which they can contribute, as representatives of civil society, in the process for reviewing the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption.

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