Advisory Board of UNDP Global Anti-corruption Initiative (GAIN)

Sep 3, 2015

A very good evening everyone.

First, let me thank you all, on behalf of the United Nations Development Programme, for joining us today for the Advisory Board Meeting of UNDP Global Anti-corruption Initiative (GAIN).

I hope you  are enjoying your stay in Malaysia and find the IACC proceedings fruitful.

This is my first Advisory Board meeting, and  I am pleased to have the good fortune, given the timing alongside the IACC meeting.

I welcome the opportunity to meet you and learn from the global experiences of effective engagement of UN and UN agencies in supporting the anti-corruption agenda in countries around the world.

As I mentioned during my closing remarks at the UNDP’s Policy and Programme Dialogue on Anti-corruption, it is very encouraging to have more than 15 partners joining us at the Policy Dialogue, and for the Advisory Board meeting today. We sincerely appreciate your collaboration and partnerships with the UN system and we look forward to a continued strong and long partnership with all of you.

As you can see from the agenda, we plan to focus this Advisory Board meeting on a few important issues to enable us to better promote the work on fighting corruption, and to strengthen transparency and accountability, and support country efforts in doing so. As we look ahead to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it is essential that we consider new and innovative approaches to secure transparency and accountability and eliminate corrupt practices in our institutions, in governance, in business, in the delivery of social services – in all spheres of life - so we can maximize the development dividends for real, visible and sustained improvements in people’s lives.

We have three main agenda items on which  we would like to focus, and to guide our discussions.  They are as follows:

·        How best to measure and evaluate the impact of our anti-corruption work?

·        How to better integrate anti-corruption in cross sectoral and cross thematic work such as health, education and water sectors?

·        Given that this year is the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), what have we learned from the implementation of UNCAC? What has worked and what still needs to be accomplished to make the convention work.

We are looking forward to your thoughts and insights on these issues, as well as any updates from your respective organizations to address these issues. On behalf of the United Nations and also UNDP specifically, we also would like to hear how you see UNDP’s role, particularly working with you to  further advance the transparency and accountability agenda globally.

I wish the Advisory Board  fruitful discussions and thank you again for joining us today.

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