GOPAC’s December Newsletter is here!
GOPAC’s December Newsletter is now available online. Read about GOPAC’s many events, including articles on the 5th Forum of Parliamentarians, our Chair’s address at the 5th Conference of State Parties to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption and regional meetings in the Caribbean and Southeast Asia. This issue also introduces the newest members of our Board of Directors as well as our new national chapter in Azerbaijan.
Papua New Guinea MPs aim to bolster anti-corruption
Parliamentarians from Papua New Guinea want to build on this month’s introduction of legislation to establish an Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) by bolstering the oversight role of Members of Parliament (MPs) in preventing and campaigning against corruption.
On International Anti-Corruption Day, GOPAC Calls on Parliamentarians Across the Globe to Join the Worldwide Movement to Deem Grand Corruption a Crime Against Humanity
As the world honours International Anti-Corruption Day, 9 December 2013, the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) is calling on parliamentarians to join the worldwide movement to deem grand corruption a Crime Against Humanity.
GOPAC Chair Ricardo Garcia Cervantes’ Address at CoSP to the UNCAC
Chair of the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC), Ricardo Garcia Cervantes, presents at General Discussions, Fifth Conference of States Parties to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption
27 November 2013, Panama City, Panama.
Parliamentarians from Caribbean Launch Regional Network to Fight Corruption
Parliamentarians from eight Caribbean countries joined forces today to launch GOPAC Caribbean, a regional chapter of the international anti-corruption network the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) at the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago.
Parliamentarians from Latin America Call for Stronger Support from the Region’s Legislators in the Fight Against Corruption
Legislators representing seven national chapters from the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption’s regional chapter in Latin America and the Caribbean (GOPAC América Latina y el Caribe) called for all legislators of the region to strengthen its institutions, strategic autonomy and legitimacy, in the Declaration at the close of their meeting of the Chairs of national chapter of GOPAC América Latina y Caribe.
Grand corruption is ‘crime against humanity’ – lawmakers
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The most serious forms of corruption are crimes against humanity and should be prosecuted in the highest national and international courts, the head of a global anti-graft alliance of parliamentarians has said.
Akaash Maharaj, executive director, of the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC), urged the international community to act across borders in the fight against corruption.
GOPAC Declares Grand Corruption a Crime Against Humanity
Grand corruption is a crime against humanity and should be treated as such; and GOPAC is calling on the United Nations and other international institutions to deem crimes of grand corruption as crimes against the common community of humanity and in violation of universal human rights, said Akaash Maharaj, Executive Director of the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC), at the announcement of GOPAC’s unanimously adopted Declaration from the Fifth Forum of Parliamentarians.
GOPAC launches a handbook to Improve Oversight in Congressional Systems
To support elected officials in congressional systems, the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) and the World Bank Institute (WBI) launched the handbook Improving Democratic Accountability Globally. The handbook is the result of an international study group that was hosted by the Office for the Promotion of Parliamentary Democracy.
GOPAC Initiates Efforts to Prosecute Grand Corruption as a Crime Against Humanity
The Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) has released Prosecuting Grand Corruption as an International Crime to frame options for international prosecution of the perpetrators of the worst crimes of corruption.
Prosecuting Grand Corruption as an International Crime
At the fifth Global Conference of Parliamentarians Against Corruption, held in Manila this past February, our membership unanimously mandated GOPAC to seek to establish grand corruption as a crime under international law, to enable international institutions and alliances to pursue, apprehend, prosecute, judge, and sentence the guilty. GOPAC’s members clearly felt that there are some forms of corruption so grave, whose effects on human life, human rights, and human welfare are so catastrophic, that they should shock the conscience of the international community and mobilise the will of nations to act across borders
Since February, GOPAC has been working with our chapters and with our international partners to develop options to fulfil the mandate given to us by our members. To find out more, review our discussion paper: Prosecuting Grand Corruption as an International Crime.
GOPAC Pressed for Stronger Fight Against Corruption by International Community and Parliamentarians at UN Hearings in New York
The Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) urged parliamentarians and the international community to take a greater role in the fight against corruption, emphasizing that what the world loses to corruption in a single year would be enough to end the worst forms of human misery and transform human civilisation, at least a dozen times over.
Legislators from Across Southeast Asia Commit to Corrupt-free Southeast Asia
Parliamentarians from Indonesia, Timor-Leste, Thailand, Laos, Malaysia, Cambodia, and Brunei Darussalam committed to the common goal and common action of achieving a corrupt-free Southeast Asia, during the closing of the General Assembly of the Southeast Asian Parliamentarians Against Corruption (SEAPAC) in Medan, Indonesia, 24 October 2013.
Edgardo J Angara Stands Down as Chair of the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption
Edgardo J Angara has informed the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) of his decision to temporarily stand down as Chair of the Board, to focus on refuting allegations published in the Philippines Commission on Audit report, concerning his management of Priority Development Assistance Fund grants during his tenure as a Philippine Senator.
Sri Lanka MPs Sign up to Curb Corruption
Parliamentarians from the Indian Ocean island nation of Sri Lanka have voted to set up the 48th national chapter of the Global Organisation of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC).
GOPAC’s September Newsletter is here!
GOPAC’s September Newsletter is now available online. This issue showcases the successes our national chapters in the Ukraine, in Serbia and in Kiribati have had in fighting corruption. We also share GOPAC’s newest publications: Transparency Through Beneficial Ownership Declarations and Guidelines to Strengthen Oversight Through Parliamentarian-Donor Collaboration; and announce the keynote speaker for the second panel at the Fifth Forum of Parliamentarians.
GOPAC Calls for Action Against International Money Laundering as G20 Leaders Gather in St Petersburg
GOPAC launched Transparency Through Beneficial Ownership Declarations, a position paper that lays out concrete and effective steps that nations can take to stop international money laundering, and to thwart the criminal enterprises money laundering supports: organized crime, terrorism, and despotic regimes.
GOPAC’s August Newsletter is here!
GOPAC’s August Newsletter is now available online. In this issue, you will find a link to GOPAC’s new Arabic website and articles on a workshop in Kyrgyzstan and a Chapter Launch in Kiribati. We also share news about the upcoming Forum of Parliamentarians, an event taking place in parallel with the Fifth Conference of States Parties to the UNCAC, and present the profile of a new GOPAC member from Indonesia.
Statement by GOPAC on the Philippines Commission on Audit Report
GOPAC has received a copy of the Philippines’ Commission on Audit (COA) Report into the Philippines’ Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), which was prompted by what has become known as the “pork barrel scandal”. The report names former Philippine Senator and recently-elected GOPAC Chair Edgardo J. Angara, and raises concerns about PDAF funds directed by his office between 2007 and 2009.
Pacific MPs sign up to curb corruption
Parliamentarians from the small Pacific island nation of Kiribati have voted to set up the first national chapter of the Global Organisation of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) in the Pacific Islands.
GOPAC’s July Newsletter is Here!
GOPAC’s July Newsletter is now available online. This issue covers events throughout our GOPAC regions including articles on workshops in Myanmar, Benin, Mexico and Rwanda. We also share news about the upcoming Forum of Parliamentarians, a special event which is part of the Fifth Conference of States Parties to the UNCAC.
The Hon Roy Cullen, GTF-AML Member, Discusses Beneficial Ownership in Times Colonist Article
Money laundering is an enormous burden to countries around the world. It jeopardizes poverty alleviation and political stability. The recent push by Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development countries and the G8 for greater transparency in financial transactions is a welcome development, but efforts will need to be accelerated and enhanced if success is to be achieved.
Read About our Newest GOPAC Chapters in the June GOPAC Newsletter
GOPAC’s June Newsletter is now available online. In this issue, you can read about our newest GOPAC national chapter in Brazil, Ukraine and Serbia and about anti-corruption work being carried out by GOPAC Canada and GOPAC Indonesia. We have also included an informative article by Transparency International about strengthening whistleblower protection.
In Support of G8 Declaration GOPAC calls on Legislators around the World to Bring Greater Transparency to Financial Transactions
In line with the Lough Earn Declaration by G8 leaders, the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) is calling on legislators around the world to mount a coordinated international effort to fight money-laundering by bringing greater transparency to financial transactions.
In the Shadows of Civil Unrest Legislators Build Solid Fight Against Corruption in Brazil
Legislators from across party lines gathered to launch GOPAC Brazil, the Brazilian national chapter of the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC), at the National Congress in Brasilia, Brazil, 18 June 2013, following a night of country-wide protests.
GOPAC Calls on Parliamentarians to Strengthen Oversight of the Management of Donor Funds
The Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) called on parliamentarians to take a more active role in the oversight of the management of donor funds at the 11th annual conference of the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, in Baku, Azerbaijan, 24 May 2013. This appeal came as part of a panel GOPAC hosted on strengthening oversight, which drew over a hundred conference delegates.
GOPAC’s May Newsletter is Here!
GOPAC’s May Newsletter is now available online. This issue covers events throughout our GOPAC regions including articles on the APNAC general meeting and their new Board of Directors; a parliamentary ethics forum in El Salvador; GOPAC Canada’s collaboration with parliamentarians in Jamaica; and ARPAC’s participation in the Fourth UNDP Arab Anti-Corruption and Integrity Network Conference in Beirut.
Article by GOPAC Chair, Senateur Edgardo J. Angara, in Philippines’ Business Mirror
I recently attended the 10th Annual Conference of the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund here at Baku with a delegation from the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption which I currently chair. I moderated a panel discussion— attended by fellow legislators, civil-society leaders and top officials from international financial institutions— on the role parliamentarians and even local officials have in overseeing and ensuring the success of developmental projects funded by foreign aid.
GOPAC’s Executive Director Pens Article about Parliamentarians and NGOs Working Together to Fight Corruption
We live in an age of dire cynicism about corruption in politics. Of the 100 nations for Transparency International’s most recent Global Corruption Barometer, only in 5 did a majority believe that the country was becoming less corrupt, and there was no country whatsoever whose population ranked their political parties or parliament as being “not at all corrupt”.
APNAC Elects a New Board of Directors
The Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) congratulates the Honourable Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu of Ghana and Senator Marie Claire Mukasine of Rwanda on their election as Chair and Vice-Chair respectively of the African Parliamentarians’ Network Against Corruption (APNAC). The elections were held at APNAC’s Biennial General Meeting (BGM) in Kampala, Uganda, on 26 April 2013.
Check out the April Issue of the GOPAC Newsletter!
GOPAC’s April Newsletter is now available online. Read all about GOPAC’s involvement in exciting activities around the world including in Indonesia, Bali, Botswana, Ecuador and South Sudan. You can also find out about registering for the Annual Conference of the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in Azerbaijan.
New Leadership for the GOPAC Global Secretariat
GOPAC is delighted to welcome Akaash Maharaj as our new Executive Director. He previously served as our Chief Operating Officer, but has now taken on overall leadership of the Global Secretariat as our most senior professional officer.
Get Caught Up on GOPAC News!
GOPAC’s March Newsletter is now available online. Highlights from this issue include: a call to our members to participate in the Review Mechanism of the UNCAC; information about the sixth Annual Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative Global Conference in Australia; and a summary of GOPAC’s participation in the First Working Meeting of the Inter-parliamentary Commission on Financial, Economic and Budgetary Issues of the Forum of Presidents of Legislative Powers in Central America and the Caribbean (FOPREL).
Exciting Contract Opportunity with GOPAC in Timor Leste
GOPAC has an exciting contract opportunity for Timor Leste nationals, based in Dili. We are currently looking for a researcher to work on State of Nations 2013: Timor Leste. The State of Nations report helps the nation’s legislators develop a comprehensive parliamentary plan to prevent corruption and ensure that implementation of the UNCAC remains a national priority. The report also provides a useful platform for legislators to share their experiences; to build national, regional, and international coalitions to implement reforms; and to identify practical and successful ways to fight corruption.
For more information on the position, please review the Terms of Reference.
GOPAC Granted Observer Status at the Inter-Parliamentary Union
The Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) is pleased to announce that it has formalized its partnership with the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) by becoming an IPU observer organization. GOPAC’s observer status was formally promulgated at the IPU Executive Committee meeting of 20 21 March 2013, during the 128th IPU Assembly, held in Quito, Ecuador.
GOPAC Announces Women in Parliament Network in Celebration of International Women’s Day
In honour of International Women’s Day, the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) announces the launch of the GOPAC Women in Parliament Network (WPN), which supports the efforts of female parliamentarians to combat corruption and to strengthen democracy and good governance. GOPAC’s global membership made the decision to launch the Women in Parliament Network at our fifth Global Conference, held in Manila from 31 January to 2 February 2013.
GOPAC Welcomes New Executive Committee of the Board of Directors
The Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) welcomed its new Chair, Senator Edgardo J. Angara from the Philippines, at the Fifth Global Conference of Parliamentarians Against Corruption, in Manila, Philippines, 31 January to 2 February 2013.
GOPAC Calls on International Community to Prosecute Corruption Perpetrators
Legislators from around the world have resolved to seek the adoption of global legal instruments to enable the international community to pursue and prosecute the perpetrators of the most serious crimes of corruption. The resolution was a key part of the Declaration adopted at the Fifth Global Conference of Parliamentarians Against Corruption, in Manila, Philippines, 31 January to 2 February 2013.
Check out the February Issue of the GOPAC Newsletter!
GOPAC’s February Newsletter is now available online. In this issue read about the outcomes of our Global Conference in Manila, Philippines 31 January to 2 February 2013 including important changes to the GOPAC Board of Directors and Management Committee. In addition, we are proud to announce the formation of two new national chapters, our participation in the Open Government Partnership meeting in Chile and the release of our vision, mission and core values statement.
GOPAC Leadership Transition
The Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption is implementing a significant professional leadership transition: John Williams, our founder, came to the conclusion of his tenure as our Chief Executive Officer at the Global Conference in Manila, Philippines, which closed on 02 February 2013.
Keynote Speech of the President, H.E Benigno S. Aquino III at the Fifth Global Conference of Parliamentarians Against Corruption
Check out the January Issue of the GOPAC Newsletter!
GOPAC’s January Newsletter is now available online. In this issue you can learn all about our Global Conference in Manila, Philippines 30 January to 2 February 2013. You will find information on the exciting Conference Sessions, networking opportunities and post-conference tours. If you can’t join us in person for the conference, find out how you can follow the conference proceedings remotely.