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Time for Justice
Equity, Security, Trust.

At the 16th IACC in Malaysia, the global anti-corruption community and friends of the IACC committed to working together to stop the spread of grand corruption and to hold the perpetrators to account. Over a thousand practitioners, experts and activists from all over the world declared: We will have ‘zero tolerance of impunity for corruption’.

Over time, the anti-corruption movement has succeeded in raising universal awareness that progress and development depend on equity, security and trust. Leaders from the public and private sectors have increasingly recognised this need, resulting in the creation of a wide array of institutions and platforms accompanied by commitments from a local to a global scale.

The UNCAC, the OECD and many other regional and sub-regional conventions, the G7 and G20 anti-corruption agendas, the growth of the Open Government Partnership and notably the adoption of Goal 16 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, are examples of the progress at an institutional level and they have the potential to make a difference in real time if political will translates into action.

Yet the Arab Spring, recent political crisis in Brazil, Ukraine, Guatemala, Malaysia and the momentous and continuous revelations about secrecy in the global financial system demonstrate that there is no time to waste, secrecy in the global financial system fuels ever growing global threats ranging from all kinds of trafficking, terrorism, illicit financial flows and environmental crimes that affect humanity today. Tackling these global threats demand immediate cross border collective action against corruption.

In order to achieve justice, equity, and security and to restore trust in public and private institutions promises and long term action plans are not enough.  Today we face the dramatic increase of insecurity and inequality as well as the intensification of actions to silence activists causing unprecedented damage to civic space and the erosion of the rule of law. The risks and challenges for civil society, journalists, and vulnerable groups and for all those who fight against injustice are greater than ever. It’s time for justice, equity, security and to build trust together by taking action to change the rules of the game.

With the priorities agreed in the Putrajaya Declaration, the 17th IACC to be held in Panama from December 1st to the 4th will engage upwards of 1,500 experts, practitioners and members from international organisations, government and the private sector from all around the world in open and frank conversations and turn the pledge of zero tolerance for grand corruption into concrete actions, and to support all those who take a stand against the corrupt.

Tiempo de Justicia
Equidad, seguridad, confianza.

Durante la XVI Conferencia Internacional Contra la Corrupción celebrada en Malasia, la comunidad global contra la corrupción y los amigos de la IACC se comprometieron a trabajar juntos para impedir que la corrupción a gran escala se continúe propagando, y para exigir que quienes incurren en estas prácticas rindan cuentas. Más de mil profesionales, especialistas y activistas de distintas regiones del mundo expresaron en esa ocasión: Tendremos “cero tolerancia frente a la impunidad de la corrupción”.

A lo largo del tiempo, el movimiento contra la corrupción ha logrado infundir la convicción universal de que el progreso y el desarrollo dependen de la equidad, la seguridad y la confianza. Hay un reconocimiento cada vez más amplio de esta necesidad por parte de líderes de los sectores público y privado, y esto ha conllevado la creación de una amplia variedad de instituciones y plataformas y, simultáneamente, de compromisos a escala tanto local como global.

La UNCAC, la OCDE y muchas otras convenciones regionales y subregionales, las agendas contra la corrupción del G7 y el G20, el crecimiento de la Alianza para el Gobierno Abierto y, en particular, la adopción del Objetivo 16 de los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible de la ONU, son ejemplos de avances en el plano institucional y tienen el potencial de conseguir resultados en tiempo real, siempre y cuando la voluntad política se traduzca en acciones.

No obstante, la Primavera Árabe, las recientes crisis políticas en Brasil, Ucrania, Guatemala y Malasia, y las revelaciones constantes y de alto impacto en materia de secreto financiero a escala global demuestran que no hay tiempo que perder, puesto que el secreto financiero global agrava las crecientes amenazas globales, entre las cuales se incluyen todo tipo de tráfico, terrorismo, flujos financieros ilícitos y crímenes ambientales que afectan a la humanidad hoy. Para hacer frente a estas amenazas globales, será necesario adoptar acciones colectivas inmediatas y de escala internacional contra la corrupción.

Las promesas y los planes de acción a largo plazo no son suficientes para garantizar justicia, equidad y seguridad, ni para restablecer la confianza en las instituciones públicas y privadas. Hoy nos enfrentamos a un drástico incremento de la inseguridad y la desigualdad, así como a la intensificación de acciones para silenciar activistas, lo cual está provocando un daño sin precedentes al espacio cívico y debilita el estado de derecho. Los riesgos y desafíos para la sociedad civil, los periodistas y los grupos vulnerables, así como para todos aquellos que luchan contra las injusticias, son más graves que nunca. Es tiempo de justicia, equidad y seguridad, y de restablecer la confianza mediante la acción conjunta para cambiar las reglas de juego.

A partir de las prioridades acordadas en la Declaración de Putrajaya, la XVII IACC que tendrá lugar en Panamá del 1 al 4 de diciembre reunirá a más de 1500 expertos, profesionales y miembros de organizaciones internacionales, gobiernos y el sector privado de distintas regiones del mundo, quienes entablarán diálogos francos y abiertos y convertirán el compromiso de cero tolerancia contra la corrupción en acciones concretas, además de apoyar a todos aquellos que hagan frente a los corruptos.

IACC Agenda and Workshop Tracks

Track I: Time for Justice

All around the world people are standing up against corruption. The force of civic action has succeeded in applying public pressure and in many cases the corrupt have felt the consequences. But despite positive progress, corruption continues and the guilty enjoy impunity. How can the global community work together to fight grand corruption and ultimately sanction the corrupt?

Track II: Time for Equity

Corruption is prevalent all over the world and continues to increase in complexity.  Poor countries lose 1 trillion US dollars a year due to corruption which widens the gap between rich and poor and importantly denies equity, safety and fairness to millions around the world. How can we ensure that political will translates into concrete, immediate and visible actions?

Track III: Time for Security

Governments, activists, ordinary citizens and journalists too often live under danger caused by terrorism, trafficking, organised crime and state repression. These threats are weakening civic space at an unprecedented pace. Increasingly, civil liberties such as freedom of speech, association or assembly have been closed under the guise of national, regional or even global security. How can governments and society work together to fight organised crime, trafficking, terrorism and state capture alike while upholding the civic space?

Track IV: Time for Trust

Despite the ethical and legal obligations of the financial system and the private sector, their moral compass has now been challenged beyond the point of denial. Efforts to rebuild public trust have been severely undermined by recent scandals and momentous revelations about the financial world. There are now urgent yet game-changing opportunities for all actors to work together and clamp down on corruption in the financial system, the enablers as well as companies. How to build trust?

Track V: Game Changers for Transparency: Time for Action

The purpose of this working track is to:

  • Mobilise new actors, local and global, who can change the rules of the game.
  • Support existing game changers with new solutions, tools and technologies.
  • Connect game changers around the world to share their experiences and create partnerships.

Under the motto  ‘Mobilise, Support, Connect’, people participating in the ‘Game Changers for Transparency’ sessions are invited to showcase new initiatives that have had a positive impact on fighting corruption, and to become part of a peer-to-peer learning exchange network to convene at each IACC and share stories of change between conferences. All tactics, efforts and projects under this track will be featured and shared on our Game Changers platform. How are you changing the rules of the game against corruption?