UAE hosts global anti-corruption forum

UAE hosts global anti-corruption forum

The global anticorruption conference started yesterday in Abu Dhabi with an urgent appeal by the UN head to intensify efforts to prevent corruption crimes in the name of successful addressing the challenges of the global development agenda.

– As we enter the Decade of Action to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals, we must unite against corruption to stop the drain on resources caused by illicit financial flows, said UN Secretary – General Antonio Guterres in a message to delegates at the 8th Conference of the UN Convention against corruption.

Huge sums of money, estimated annually in trillions of dollars, circulate in corrupt circles, not reaching the budgets of educational and medical institutions, other important social infrastructure, and therefore corruption threatens the welfare of modern society, the future of children and the health of the planet. Combating this scourge is therefore crucial to reducing inequality and promoting universal growth.

Guterres called on the world community, through the fight against corruption, to prevent criminal traffickers from exploiting human misery and plundering natural resources.

Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the forum’s Secretariat, called corruption “the sinister enabler of some of the worst problems we face”.

According to him, “by preventing and curbing corruption, we can nip corruption’s contribution to instability in the bud.”

The head of UNODC expressed confidence that the world is able to return resources to where they are needed.

-By stopping the abuse of public trust for private gain, we can restore a much-needed trust and invest in our future, he said.

The Convention against corruption entered into force on 14 December 2005. 186 states, including Turkmenistan, have joined the only legally binding universal anti-corruption instrument. This instrument obliges member-countries to implement anti-corruption policies, develop relevant laws and establish special agencies.

The conference in Abu Dhabi, which will continue until 20 December, brought together over 1,300 participants from around the world. They will consider about 15 draft resolutions and discuss the latest achievements in preventing corruption and recovering stolen assets on the experience of various countries.

In addition, the forum will launch the process of preparation for the special session of the UN General Assembly against corruption, which will be convened in the first half of 2021. The special session is expected to adopt a concise and action-oriented political declaration, agreed upon in advance through intergovernmental negotiations under the auspices of the Conference.

Turkmenistan pursues a purposeful and relentless fight against bribery and corruption. On behalf of the head of state, the parliament together with the national security council have prepared a draft national anti-corruption program aimed at full-scale eradication of the causes and conditions that give rise to bribery.

A few days ago President Berdymuhamedov approved amendments to the current legislation , toughening the institution of criminal liability for corruption. From now on, corrupt officials, like drug dealers, are not eligible for pardon and amnesty.