In the aftermath of the financial crisis insecurity has flourished and the challenges threatening the livelihood of populations across the world have increased, creating an environment ripe for corruption. Many of the right promises have been made – the task at hand is to ensure that commitments are honoured.
To restore peoples’ trust and rebuild the credibility of institutions, governments must move beyond expressions of political will to concrete action; private sector must put a check on bribery and fulfil their obligations as corporate citizens; and civil society must demand accountability. Above all, there is an urgent need for all actors to work together towards a transparent and accountable global governance agenda.
The 14th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) will be held in Bangkok, Thailand from 10 – 13 November 2010 on the theme, “Restoring trust: Global action for transparency”. The conference will serve as a platform to reshape the international agenda by creating collaborative strategies and advocacy on a national and global scale. The conference is expected to attract over 1,500 participants from over 135 countries, drawing together heads of state, academics, civil society, business and government representatives.
The 13th IACC was held in Athens, Greece, on the theme…“Global Transparency: Fighting corruption for a sustainable future”. The conference forged strategies on various aspects of sustainability – such as human security, climate change, compromised livelihoods and energy security – and featured an impressive line-up of prominent global leaders including: Patrick Alley of Global Witness, former President of Botswana Festus Mogae, Irene Khan of Amnesty International, N. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala from the World Bank, and Greek Minister of Justice Sotirios Hatzigakis. Please click here for the full conference declaration.