About the International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities
The establishment of the International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities (IAACA) was initiated at the High-Level Political Conference for the Purpose of Signing the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) in Merida, Mexico in December 2003, and has since received enthusiastic support among the various anti-corruption authorities in many countries and international organizations, as well as a special assistance of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) at Vienna.
In the informal consultations on the establishment of an international association of anti-corruption authorities at UN Office in Vienna in April 2006, representatives from international organizations and anti-corruption authorities in Argentina, Azerbaijan, France, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Malaysia, Namibia, Netherlands, Pakistan, Romania, Singapore, South Africa, Uganda, United Kingdom and United States of America, as well as the leaders of the UNODC gave their unanimous support in the establishment of the IAACA.
The First Annual Conference and General Meeting of IAACA was held in Beijing from 22nd to 26th, October, 2006. About 1000 delegates from 137 countries and 12 international organizations participated in the event. Among them, more than 250 are officials of deputy minister level or above. The President of the People’s Republic of China, His Excellency Mr. Hu Jintao, attended the opening ceremony of the Conference and delivered a speech. A formal Declaration was passed on the closing ceremony of the Conference.
Immediately after the First Annual Conference, the Secretariat of IAACA sent out more than 1000 certificates of individual member and 150 certificates of organizational member. All these members have been accepted as initiated members of IAACA and will be immune from annual dues in the next two years. We have been continuously receiving applications of the membership of IAACA from those who did not participate in the First Annual Conference and General Meeting of IAACA in 2006 and the organizations which did not send their representatives to attend the Conference. It gives us the confidence that IAACA will soon become a big family in the world.
On 10-15 December, upon the invitation of the UNODC, the IAACA sent its delegation to participate in the First Session of Conference of State Parties to the UNCAC, held in Dead Sea, Jordan. During the plenary sessions of the Conference, the IAACA and its successful 1st Annual Conference have received compliments from the delegates of over 20 counties in their official statements. Mr. Antonio Maria Costa, the Executive Director of the UNODC, also acknowledged the contribution of the IAACA in the course of international cooperation against corruption. Besides, the IAACA and UNODC cooperatively organized a Forum for Anti-Corruption Authorities as a side event of the Conference. The enthusiasm of the participants from various regions was beyond our expectation.
Last year, the Secretariat of IAACA organized 20 young prosecutors from the Supreme People’s Procuratorate of China and also the provincial prosecution services to do considerable researches in collecting the existing international anti-corruption instruments and anti-corruption laws from some countries, jurisdictions and international organizations, as well as the materials of the anti-corruption authorities in countries, regions and international organizations. During the Beijing Conference, a set of 5 books, containing the research results was provided to every participant of the Conference. However, it is not the end of the research but just a start. The association would continue such a research, with the support form its members, to renew the resources periodically. We hope the second edition of the compilation will be finished before the 2nd Annual Conference of IAACA.
As you have noticed that the website of the IAACA (www.iaaca.org) has already been established. Currently the website has only English and Chinese versions and the contents of the website have not been very rich. In anyway, we have made the first stride. Now, a high-tech company is cooperating with us to develop the construction of the website of IAACA. We welcome our members to contribute your effort to construct our home on internet. Another goal of the website is to establish a data base of the association, which is expected to provide the members with the legislation and liaison information related to the work of anti-corruption, and also more extensive resources, like the successful cases, the information of the anti-corruption experts who are ready to provide technical assistance, the records on criminals such as the names, passports, fingerprints and illicit asset and so on.
As an effort to promote technical assistance and information exchange of international cooperation in fight against corruption, the First IAACA Seminar on Anti-Corruption was held in China from June 17 to 26 (five days in Mainland China, and the rest in Hong Kong and Macao). More than 40 experienced anti-corruption experts were invited to give lectures on the seminar. The size of the seminar was 170 participants. Most of them come from different countries’ anti-corruption authorities. All of Director Generals of Anti-Corruption Bureaus of national and provincial level in China attended the Seminar. The speakers of the seminar introduced the anti-corruption authority, anti-corruption legislations or the progress on the implementation of the UNCAC in their countries. Simultaneous interpretation in Chinese, English and Russian were provided by the host.