Press Release: 2024 IACC Series: Center to Participate in a Workshop to Promote UNCAC’s Implementation Among Member States

At the International Anti-Corruption Conference 2024, the Center for Fiscal Transparency will join other stakeholders to discuss ways to strengthen the implementation of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) among member states through the instrumentality of the Convention’s review process.

The 21st IACC Series is scheduled to hold in Vilnius, Lithuania between 18-21 June, 2024 with the theme: “Confronting Global Threats: Standing Up for Integrity.” The conference seeks to, among others, galvanize global efforts for honest and “solution-oriented discussions on the interconnected threats to global security.” It will also go beyond dialogue to achieve concrete progress in combating corruption; with discussion focusing on issues such as restoring trust in public governance, ensuring integrity in climate finance, and countering the impact of populist and corrupt regimes that jeopardize human rights, environmental health, and global stability.

As part of the conversations to strengthen the implementation of the landmark international anti-corruption instrument, the UNCAC, the Center will take part in a crucial workshop session titled “Strengthening the United Nations Convention Against Corruption’s (UNCAC) Monitoring Mechanism: Promoting Accountability and Civic Space in the UNCAC Review Process,” to reinforce and call for the implementation of the UNCAC among member states.

Since the adoption of this treaty which provides a comprehensive framework for combating corruption in all its forms, its effectiveness has depended significantly on the commitment of member states to implement its provisions; hence, the importance of this workshop which will encourage member states to embrace a robust anti-corruption monitoring mechanism, promote accountability and inclusive participation in the implementation of the principles enshrined in the Convention in the review processes.

Recall that the Center presented the civil society monitoring template, the first of its kind globally, for Nigeria’s implementation of the Convention, an instrument that empowers citizens, media and civil society organizations (CSOs) to actively monitor and assess the government’s progress. The monitoring template developed by the Center marked a significant step in ensuring transparency, participation, and independent oversight of Nigeria’s fight against corruption. It is hoped that it will promote evidence-based monitoring of Nigeria’s efforts; while also empowering stakeholders to demand action, and advocate for necessary reforms.

This workshop which will feature other speakers including representatives of the Institute of Legislative Ideas, UNCAC Coalition and the US State Department will see the Center sharing with the global community the civil society monitoring template that can be replicated in other countries as a tool for promoting the implementation of the UNCAC.

The workshop will be hosted by the UNCAC Coalition, a global network of over 350 civil society organizations (CSOs) in over 100 countries committed to promoting the ratification, implementation and monitoring of the UNCAC, and it is scheduled to hold on Tuesday, 18th June, 2024 by 7-8.30 AM (WAT).

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