Leaders and activists target global action against corruption at 14th International Anti-Corruption Conference in Bangkok
The 14th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC), a biennial meeting of world leaders, academics and activists, opens here today with a call for greater action to combat corruption at a time when global crises threaten trust in institutions and the hope for greater social justice.
With the theme Restoring trust: global action for transparency, this year’s conference will investigate innovative perspectives on the role of anti-corruption in restoring trust in five key areas: peace and security, natural resources and energy markets, climate governance, the corporate world and the Millennium Development Goals.
“We need more emphasis on action rather than words to tackle the serious crises that threaten so many livelihoods. The goal of this conference is to inspire governments and all stakeholders to move from mere expressions of political will to positive actions,” said the Honorable Justice Barry O’Keefe, Chair of the IACC Council.
Huguette Labelle, Chair of Transparency International added: “Corruption distorts markets, has a devastating effect on people, especially the poor, and if left unchecked destroys citizens’ trust in government. We come together here to look for practical solutions to empower both individuals and institutions to work towards a world free of corruption.”
The four-day conference will have more than 1000 participants, from over 100 countries, representing government, civil society, multilateral institutions, academia and business who are here to share experiences during the 50-plus workshops and plenary sessions.
First held in 1983, the IACC is the leading forum for bringing together all those concerned with governance and anti-corruption. Its collaborative format and free exchanges of information help to reinvigorate the anti-corruption movement by providing a forum for the development and dissemination of innovative ideas and anti-corruption tools.
Prof. Dr. Pakdee Pothisiri, Commissioner of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC), said: “Having the honour to co-host the 14th IACC with the Royal Thai Government is a fitting climax to the end of the first decade of the 21st century during which the NACC has grown from its founding as an independent organization under the so-called “People’s Constitution” of 1997 to being the acknowledged leader in the fields of corruption prevention and integrity promotion that it is today.”
Dr. Juree Vichit-Vadakan, Secretary General, Transparency Thailand stated: “Having the honour to co-host the 14th IACC provides a fitting climax to end the first decade of the 21st century for the NACC. We have grown tremendously from our founding as an independent organization under the so-called “People’s Constitution” of 1997 to being the acknowledged leader in the fields of corruption and integrity promotion today.”.”
The 14th IACC is organised by the IACC Council in cooperation with Transparency International, Transparency International Thailand, and is generously hosted by the Government of Thailand and the National Anti-Corruption Commission of Thailand.
Note to Editors:
The Hon. Justice Barry O’Keefe, Chair of the IACC Council, and Huguette Labelle, Chair of Transparency International, as well as Dr. Juree Vichit-Vadakan, Secretary General, Transparency Thailand are available for interviews throughout the conference.