Global anti-corruption conference to be held in Bangkok
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Global anti-corruption conference to be held in Bangkok

The 14th International Anti-Corruption Conference will be held on Nov. 10-13 in Bangkok, Thailand.

Thai prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva will attend the IACC opening ceremonies along with Asian Development Bank president  Haruhiko Kuroda, World Bank managing director Sri Mulyani Indrawati and Transparency International chair Huguette Labelle. 

The IACC this year will carry the theme “Rebulding Trust”, and Transparency International explains that:

 

Around the world, headlines showcase the continued impunity and the rise in organised crime and illicit financial flows. When trust in governance is questioned and confidence in institutions is hollow, apathy and insecurity flourish, creating an environment ripe for corruption.

This apathy must be combated with a compelling sense of urgency to address challenges head on. Many of the right promises have been made – the task at hand is to ensure that commitments are honoured. To restore people’s trust and rebuild the credibility of institutions, governments must move beyond expressions of political will to concrete action; the private sector must put a check on bribery and fulfil their obligations as corporate citizens and civil society must demand accountability

 

According to the conference website: 

The 14th IACC will feature forty interactive workshops and five plenary sessions, each revolving around one of the key “Global Challenges” of the conference. 

Four key global challenges stand out for this year’s conference. These global challenges in some way or another affect us all – and for this reason we are looking for solution oriented workshop proposals. You can click on the links below to know more about each global challenge and why is it so relevant to address them:

Restoring Trust for Peace and Security

Fuelling Transparency and Accountability in the Natural Resources and Energy Markets

Climate Governance: Ensuring a Collective Commitment

Strengthening Global Action for an Accountable Corporate World

It will be jointly hosted by the IACC Council, the National Anti-Corruption Commission, the Royal Thai Ministy of Justice and Transparency Thailand and Transparency International.

The conference hopes to inspire people to “change the rules of the game” by calling for support for corruption’s victims, witnesses and whistleblowers – a pressing concern that many Filipinos share. The Philippines still does not have a law encouraging and protecting citizens who expose scandalous acts of betrayal of public trust – a hallmark of high government officials in the country.

Just recently, the Philippines and the rest of Southeast Asia’s states figured prominently in Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index 2010. Singapore was among the three “cleanest” countries worldwide with Brunei not far behind. Most countries are mired in corruption, resulting in very low scores. In fact, Burma, now called Myanmar by its military rulers, was among the bottom of the list and was among a handful of the “most corrupt” states.

The conference should embolden citizens who are outraged by corruption to speak out and join the movements in their respective countries and help bring about good governance.