Conference Papers

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Plenary 1: Corruption, Peace and Security
Plenary 2: Corruption in Natural Resources & Energy Markets
Plenary 3: Climate Change and Corruption

Plenary 4: Sustainable Globalisation
Final Plenary: The Road Ahead: Global transparency for a Sustainable Future
Workshops and special session papers
Conference Discussion paper

Plenary session Background discussion notes

Plenary 1: Corruption, Peace and Security 

Traditional notions of how to ensure the peace and security of states must reconcile the broader social, economic and environmental risks that citizens and communities now confront. Contraband trading, uncontrolled migratory and refugee flows, state-led violence, rigged elections, pandemics and environmental degradation - each forms part of today's growing list of human security concerns. Whether internal or external, corruption can be found facilitating and causing these pressures, marginalising citizens and undermining the security of states. Yet the security agenda of countries has surprisingly been disconnected from the anti-corruption discourse.

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Plenary 2: Corruption in Natural Resources & Energy Markets   

When corruption combines with a country's natural resources wealth, a blessing can be quickly turned into a ‘resource curse'. Stolen and mismanaged proceeds from extractive industries - such as oil and mining, forestry and fisheries - can be used to feed political party capture, human rights abuses, indiscriminate violence and cross-border conflicts rather than foster the development of a country and its citizens.

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Plenary 3: Climate Change and Corruption   

Climate change and the threat it poses to sustainable economic growth increasingly dominates and challenges the international policy agenda. Climate change goes beyond the ‘mere' issue of Greenhouse gas emissions and their negative effect on the environment, however, as it links major issues of development such as financing for aid and technical assistance, sustainable national development strategies and energy policies, public financial management and the delivery of basic public services, especially to the poor. Tackling the role of corruption in many of the above areas is crucial to better development outcomes, and, as a result, climate change will be an area of key concern for anti-corruption stakeholders in years to come.

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Plenary 4: Sustainable Globalisation 

More than 20 years ago, the United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development - the Brundtland Commission - established the concept of sustainable development as development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Sustainability in development therefore requires both economic growth and social stability, placing them in a context of vigilance regarding environmental degradation. In this approach, the concepts of growth and environmentalism do not compete but complement. They create a win-win for present-day development efforts, especially as they can benefit the poor, and they also aim to provide for future generations, who will inherit a planet for which, ideally, solutions to environmental challenges have been acted upon with foresight and a long-term perspective.

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The Road Ahead: Global transparency for a Sustainable Future 

The final plenary of the 13th IACC discussed the global financial crisis, the shortcomings of the current economic system and the impact of that system on issues ranging from global poverty, to climate change, natural resources and security. Moderator Melinda Crane invited the panellists to make specific suggestions as to how the economic order could be rebuilt in ways that avoid reinforcement of past problems, while offering new steps towards global equity. 

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Workshops papers:

Workshops Day One

A StAR (Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative) Dialogue with Civil Society on Asset Recovery

Making our voices heard: Civic Action to fight Corruption 

Global Standards in Political Finance: Transparency and Accountability 

Lessons learned in the implementation of the "Guatemala Declaration for a Region Free of Corruption" 

Corruption, Conflict and Contestation in Natural Resource Governance 

Governing the Climate Change Agenda - Making the Case for Transparency 

Closing the credibility gap - external assurance of anti-bribery programmes 

The Fight against Corruption by the Multilateral Development Banks

The Role of Civil Society in Recovering Stolen Assets 

Workshops Day Two

Tackling Corruption in the Defence and Security Sector

Implementation of Anti-Corruption Strategies in the Balkans: Achievements and Challenges

Transparency in the Extractive Industries - Making the Case for a Global Standard

Governance and Corruption in Land and Natural Resource Tenure

Making Public Awareness Campaigns Work! A Multi-Media Experience

Protecting the Whistleblowers - Asian and European Perspectives

Countering Bribery in the supply chain: the missing link?

Fragmented Tyrannies: The Nexus of Corruption and Extreme Violence

Trade Supply Chain Security / Facilitation and Integrity - Trade and Customs partnership to fight against corruption and safeguard integrity

Corruption in energy services: finding a focus to fight back

Beating the ‘Resource Curse', Where Next for Development Cooperation?

Improving heatlh sector responsiveness, transparency and accountability: The role of the Medicines Transparency Alliance

Creating Synergies for Technical Assistance

Combating Corruption through Private Sector "Collective Action"

Combating Corruption in Water Supply and Sanitation

Special Sessions

Prevent rather than regret: UNCAC opens doors to corruption prevention

Confronting Corruption for a Sustainable Future: Is the Private Sector Ready?"

Integrating Human Rights and Anti-Corruption Policies. Challenges and Opportunities

Empirical Tools for Governance and Corruption Analysis -How to use them for Public Sector Reform? -Lessons learnt


Workshops Day Three

Breakingdown the links between illicit money flows and corruption

Preventing Corruption in Humanitarian Aid

Transparency in Resource Rich Perilous States: getting out of the resource curse and into the path of development

The Private Sector's role in Fighting Corruption in the Wood Supply Chain: An example from Russia

Corruption & Carbon Trading Projects: Is Carbon finance helping to combat detrimental Climate Change?

Shedding Light onto Investment Arbitration

Youth Integrity: Ethical Infrastructure for a Sustainable Future

Sustaining Corruption Investigations in a hostile political environment

Beyond the Voices of Pain - Strategies Against Gendered Corruption

Forest Governance and Corruption: Preventing Illegal and Unsustainable Deforestation

Climate Change and Migration: Human security risk for the Mediterranean Region

Transparency in Education management

Preventing Corruption in Construction Projects through increased Transparency and Accountability

Corporate "Best Practices" from In-House Compliance Officers

Special Sessions

Lessons learned from the EU anticorruption policy

Mobilisation for Action on UNCAC Review Mechanism

Implementing the World Bank Governance and Anticorruption Strategy: Year 1 Progress Report

ACCOUNTABILITY 2.0: Using Social Media in the Fight Against Corruption

Faith and Human Security


Workshops Day Four

Corruption and Reform Initiatives in the Security Sector in the Arab Region

Dismantling Illicit Networks and Corruption Nodes

Pro-poor and pro-sustainability anticorruption work in the water sector

Citizens against Corruption in Natural Resource Management

Financing for Climate Change: An opportunity for improved global governance, or the next resource curse?

Asia Pacific Human Development Report: Tackling Corruption, Transforming Lives

Investigative journalism, access to public information and media corporate governance: is there anything new?

Conference Discussion paper:

Global transparency: Fighting corruption for a sustainable future

From National Integrity Systems to Global Integrity Systems

Professor Charles Sampford, Director, IEGL (Institute for Ethics, Governance and Law)
A joint initiative of the United Nations University, Griffith, QUT and ANU

The primary focus of corruption studies and anti-corruption activism has been corruption within sovereign states. However, over the last twenty years ‘globalization', the flow of money, goods, people and ideas across borders, has threatened to overwhelm the system of sovereign states. Much activity has moved outside the control of nation states at the same time as nation states have ‘deregulated' and in so doing have transferred power from those exercising governmental power at the nominal behest of the majority of its citizens to those with greater wealth and/or greater knowledge in markets in which knowledge is typically asymmetric.

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