Check out GOPAC’s December Newsletter!
GOPAC’s December newsletter is now available online. In our latest issue, read about our national chapters’ International Anti-Corruption Day activities held throughout the world. You can also get updated on GOPAC Australia’s recent leadership changes and Bhutan’s growing engagement with strengthening their parliamentary oversight regime.
Establishing Anti-Corruption Practices in the Pacific Region
GOPAC Oceania Chair John Hyde recently published an article in The Parliamentarian, a publication of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. In his contribution, he writes about the United Nations Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption (UNPRAC) project and the incredible initiatives that are being carried-out in Pacific Island States to foster engagement with the UN Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC).
Check out GOPAC’s November Newsletter!
GOPAC’s November newsletter is now available online. In our latest issue, read about the sixth Forum of Parliamentarians recently held in tandem with the Conference of States Parties to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (CoSP-UNCAC) in Saint Petersburg, Russia. You can also get updated on Nauru’s efforts to create a code of parliamentary ethics and conduct and GOPAC’s involvement at the World Forum for Democracy in France.
Sixth Forum of Parliamentarians: Working with UN institutions to prevent and prosecute grand corruption
GOPAC hosted the sixth Forum of Parliamentarians on 5 November 2015, in Saint Petersburg, Russia. We were pleased to receive collaboration from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in our first session entitled Partnerships to Curtail Corruption in the Pacific, which demonstrated the UN Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption (UN-PRAC) Project’s successes in working with parliamentarians to enhance Pacific Island States’ active participation in the UNCAC. We were also pleased to receive collaboration from Transparency International in our second session entitled Prosecuting Grand Corruption: Let us bring them to justice, where panelists discussed potential strategies, including UN mechanisms, to prosecute grand corruption. The establishment of the UN investigative commission in Guatemala was presented as an example of a successful mechanism.
Audio: GOPAC Program Director Jean Pierre Chabot Presents at World Forum for Democracy
On 19 November, GOPAC Program Director Jean Pierre Chabot delivered a presentation at the fourth World Forum for Democracy, held in Strasbourg, France. In his presentation, Mr Chabot explored the idea of public juries to grant surveillance warrants, in an effort to democratise the oversight of security agencies.
Video: UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov Speaks at GOPAC’s 6th Forum of Parliamentarians
Address by John Hyde, GOPAC Secretary to the 6th Session of the Conference of the States Parties to the UNCAC
“GOPAC officially declared its support for the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) at the signing ceremony in Merida, Mexico in 2003.
Subsequently in 2006, the GOPAC Global Conference in Arusha, Tanzania issued a resolution outlining a commitment to create the Global Task Force of the UNCAC (GTF-UNCAC) with the aim of enhancing the capacity of parliamentarians to localise the Convention by adapting international standards to national needs and to play an important oversight role in the monitoring and review of the national effort to implement the UNCAC.”
Nauru MPs Work with Community and GOPAC on New Leadership Code
“Parliamentarians on Nauru – the world’s smallest island state with just 1500 residents – are fully embracing community consultations to establish their nation’s first Leadership Code,” President Baron Waqa told a GOPAC workshop last week on Nauru.
Good Governance a Priority for Cook Islands at UN Session
Cook Islands Justice Minister Nandi Glassie is making good governance a major theme for Pacific Island States at the 6th Conference of State Parties to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) – COSP6 – in Saint Petersburg, Russia this week.
Check out GOPAC’s October Newsletter!
GOPAC’s October newsletter is now available online. In our latest issue, read about the results of our sixth Global Conference held in Indonesia, GOPAC’s amended Constitution, and the Yogyakarta Declaration. You can also get updated on recent conferences that took place in Argentina and Belgium where several GOPAC members participated as speakers.
APNAC News Releases Following Sixth Global Conference
Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu Elected Vice-Chair of GOPAC
The Minority Leader in Ghana’s Parliament Hon Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu who has recently been re-elected the Chairman of the Africa Parliamentarians Network Against Corruption, (APNAC, Africa Region) was on Thursday last week re-elected as Vice-Chairman of the Governing Board and Executive Committee of the Global Organisation of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC).
MPs Discuss Corruption Eradiction
Law makers from 74 Countries constituting the Global Organisation of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) participated in a three-day meeting in Yogyakarta, Indonesia and considered strategies to eradicate Grand Corruption which has the potential of hindering the achievement of the recently UN-adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
GOPAC Amended Constitution Now Available Online
The GOPAC Board of Directors recently undertook a review of the GOPAC Constitution and By-Laws to ensure compliance with the recently enacted Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act. The amended Constitution was officially voted on and approved by GOPAC’s membership on 8 October at the Closing Plenary of the sixth Global Conference of Parliamentarians Against Corruption held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. It includes changes to how GOPAC Board members are elected and the addition of an Annual General Meeting, which will offer members more opportunities to participate in the strategy and decision-making processes of the organization.
Audio: GOPAC CEO Akaash Maharaj Speaks to the Daily Observer (Antigua & Barbuda) on Campaign Financing Reform
GOPAC Releases Sixth Global Conference Declaration
On 8 October 2015, at the closing ceremony of the sixth Global Conference of Parliamentarians Against Corruption held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, GOPAC members adopted the Yogyakarta Declaration. It lays out GOPAC’s commitments for the coming years, which include fully supporting the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals, calling for the appointment of an UN Special Rapporteur on corruption, and endorsing the use of legal actions to pursue perpetrators of grand corruption.
GOPAC Members Call for Stronger Measures to Bring Perpetrators of Grand Corruption to Justice at International Anti-Corruption Conference
Members of the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) call for stronger measures to bring perpetrators of grand corruption to justice, at the close of the Sixth Global Conference of Parliamentarians Against Corruption in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
Legislators from 59 Countries Gather in Yogyakarta for International Conference to Fight Corruption
To strengthen the fight against corruption and bring together the leaders who are fighting corruption across the globe, the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC), in collaboration with the House of Representatives of the Republic of Indonesia, the South East Asian Parliamentarians Against Corruption (SEAPAC) and GOPAC Indonesia, are hosting the sixth Global Conference of Parliamentarians Against Corruption, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 6-8 October 2015.
Common Ethical Principles for Members of Parliament
Developed by members of the Open Government Partnership’s Legislative Openness Working Group and the broader parliamentary openness community, the Common Ethical Principles for Members of Parliament is a set of normative standards on the conduct and behavior of individual members of parliament. The document is the product of extensive public feedback and draws upon the existing body of international standards for legislatures. Members of parliament and civil society groups are welcome to endorse the document.
Check out GOPAC’s September Newsletter!
GOPAC’s September newsletter is now available online. In our latest issue, get updated on our upcoming sixth Global Conference in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, which will begin in last than one week. Also, you can also read about GOPAC’s participation at the 16th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) which was held in Putrajaya, Malaysia and at the C20 Summit in Istanbul, Turkey.
GOPAC Prevails with Grand Corruption Project at 16th IACC
GOPAC drove home the importance of fighting perpetrators of grand corruption and welcomed support for the cause from international civil society in the Putrajaya Declaration: Zero Tolerance for Impunity from the 16th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC), in Putrajaya, Malaysia, 2-4 September 2015.
Global Anti-Corruption Network Gathers Legislators to Reinforce Fight Against Grand Corruption
GOPAC welcomes legislators to the sixth Global Conference of Parliamentarians Against Corruption under the theme Bringing perpetrators of grand corruption to justice for a sustainable world where all citizens can live in prosperity and equity. The conference convenes in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 6 October 2015.
Parliamentarians Boost Ethics and Conduct Mechanism in Georgia
Parliamentarians need to take ownership of their own Codes of Conducts to ensure that the highest international standards are strived for, GOPAC Board Member John Hyde told the Conference of the Open Government Partnership’s Legislative Openness Working Group at the Parliament of Georgia today.
New GOPAC Constitution and By-laws
Recently, Canada enacted a new Act that requires every not-for-profit organization registered in the country—including GOPAC—to amend its Constitution and By-Laws in accordance with the law’s provisions. As a result, the Board undertook a review of the GOPAC Constitution and By-Laws to strengthen our governance framework; ensure that our structure reflects our values of integrity and accountability; and ensure our continued legal compliance. At the sixth Global Conference of Parliamentarians Against Corruption the proposals will be presented for a vote.
Sixth Global Conference of Parliamentarians Against Corruption
The sixth Global Conference of Parliamentarians Against Corruption will be hosted in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 6-8 October 2015. The conference is a joint initiative of the House of Representatives of the Republic of Indonesia, GOPAC, the South East Asian Parliamentarians Against Corruption (SEAPAC) and GOPAC Indonesia. The theme is Bringing perpetrators of grand corruption to justice for a sustainable world where all citizens can live in prosperity and equity.
Visit the Global Conference website for the latest information on the conference programme, accommodations, and visas. Register today and be part of the growing movement to fight corruption and promote good governance.
GOPAC Calls for Greater Parliamentarian Involvement in National UN Anti-Corruption Convention Initiatives
GOPAC urged government to fully involve parliamentarians in national initiatives and reviews of their nations UN Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) achievements, during a session at the 16th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) in Putrajaya, Malaysia, on 3 September 2015.
GOPAC Launches Nomination Call for 2016 International Anti-Corruption Award
GOPAC announced today the opening of their call for nominations for the annual GOPAC International Anti-Corruption Award. The call is open from now until 31 October 2015.
Check out GOPAC’s August Newsletter!
GOPAC’s August newsletter is now available online. In our latest issue, we proudly announce our newest national chapter, APNAC-Congo. You can also read about a recent anti-corruption workshop that was held in Fiji for Pacific region parliamentarians and get updated on our sixth Global Conference, which will take place in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 6-8 October.
Check out GOPAC’s July Newsletter!
GOPAC’s July newsletter is now available online. In our latest issue, read about the latest updates on our national chapters in Argentina, Chile and the United Kingdom. You can also get updated on our sixth Global Conference that will be held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 6-8 October.
Blog: Special Measures Against Corruption
Every year, corruption kills 140 000 children worldwide, by depriving them of medical care, food, and water. Yet, far too often, the perpetrators of the most outrageous acts of corruption are able to use their illicit wealth and power to pervert the very laws and institutions that should call them to account. As a result, the worst offenders are the least likely to face domestic justice.
Fiji President Praises UNODC Role in Pacific Anti-Corruption
The President of the Republic of Fiji opened a Pacific-wide workshop for parliamentarians on anti-corruption on 21 July in Nadi, Fiji, hosted by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and GOPAC.
Fijian President Opens Anti-Corruption Workshop for Pacific Parliamentarians in Nadi, Fiji
Pacific MPs Stepping Up Anti-Corruption Efforts
GOPAC along with the United Nations Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption (UN-PRAC) Project are working with parliamentarians from across the Pacific in a two-day workshop on the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) and parliamentary oversight in Nadi, Fiji.
Statement by GOPAC on Bombing of Mosque in Kuwait
GOPAC sends deepest sympathies and condolences to the injured and to the families and friends who lost loved ones in the bombing of the al-Imam al-Sadiq mosque in al-Sawaber, Kuwait during Friday prayers on 26 June 2015. We also send our thoughts to all Kuwaitis during this difficult time.
GOPAC Board Member Lectures at International Anti-Corruption Summer Academy
Dr Naser Al Sane, a member of the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption’s (GOPAC) Board of Directors and Chair of the Management Committee, lectured at the International Anti-Corruption Summer Academy (IACSA) in Vienna, Austria, 4 July 2015. The lecture informed participants on the work of GOPAC as well as the organization’s flagship project against grand corruption.
Statement by GOPAC on Looting of YemenPAC offices in Sana’a
GOPAC is incensed by the looting of our national chapter office in Yemen (YemenPAC), damaging equipment and documents, and infringing on the rights and freedoms of our anti-corruption organization. The raid was carried out on April 18 by the Al-Houthis, who currently control Sana’a, Yemen’s capital city.
Check out GOPAC’s June Newsletter!
GOPAC’s June newsletter is now available online. In our latest issue, we proudly announce the winner of the GOPAC International Anti-Corruption Award and introduce members to our three new national chapters. You can also get updated on our upcoming sixth Global Conference which will take place in Yogyakarta, Indonesia and on recent events and workshops that were held in Austria, Fiji, Serbia, and Tonga.
Yogyakarta, Indonesia to host the Sixth Global Conference of Parliamentarians Against Corruption
GOPAC is delighted to announce that it has selected Yogyakarta, Indonesia as the host city for its Sixth Global Conference of Parliamentarians Against Corruption. The conference will take place 6-8 October 2015, and is a joint initiative of the House of Representatives of the Republic of Indonesia, GOPAC, Southeast Asian Parliamentarians Against Corruption (SEAPAC), and GOPAC Indonesia.
GOPAC Endorses Letter to World Bank President for Increased Transparency in World Bank-funded Procurements
GOPAC has endorsed a letter to Dr Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank (WB), urging the WB to increase the transparency and accountability of World Bank-funded procurements, in particular by requiring the disclosure and publication of the beneficial ownership information for all legal entity bidders. The letter, signed by 107 civil society organizations, furthers commitments made by GOPAC at the 2013 Global Conference where the Anti-Money Laundering Global Task Force resolved to advocate for the requirement that all financial institutions and intermediaries demand a binding legal declaration of beneficial ownership for all deposits and other financial transactions, with sanctions for non-compliance.
African, Caribbean, Pacific Parliamentarians Link Corruption to Human Rights Exploitation
Tackling corruption is at the heart of achieving human rights, the Global Organisation of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) Oceania Chair John Hyde told parliamentarians at the African, Caribbean and Pacific – European Union (ACP-EU) Joint Parliamentary Assembly meeting in Suva, Fiji.
Yemeni Parliamentarian Honoured with Inaugural International Anti-Corruption Award
The Honourable Ali Ashal, a parliamentarian from Yemen, has been presented with the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption’s (GOPAC) inaugural International Anti-Corruption Award for his work fighting corruption and promoting oversight in Yemen and around the world. Mr Ashal will now represent GOPAC over the next year as GOPAC Ambassador.
Check out GOPAC’s May Newsletter!
GOPAC’s May newsletter is now available online. In our latest issue, GOPAC proudly announces that it has recently received a grant from the National Endowment for Democracy to carry-out a project in the Middle East and North Africa region. You can also read about APNAC’s latest Biennial General Meeting held in Chad and about efforts being made to create a GOPAC national chapter in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Legislators from Eastern Europe and Central Asia Create a Regional Network to Fight Corruption and Strengthen Democracy
Legislators from Albania, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, and Serbia have signed a formal Memorandum of Co operation, to work together across borders to combat corruption and strengthen democratic institutions in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. This is a critical first step in a broader effort for inter-parliamentary co-operation in the region.
Dr Naser Al Sane Aids Legislators from Across Eastern Europe and Central Asia in Fight Against Corruption
Dr Naser Al Sane, Board Member of the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Agaisnt Corruption (GOPAC), is speaking to legislators from Eastern Europe and Central Asia about the implementation of anti-corruption legislation, institutions and mechanism at Transparency and Accountability for Effective Oversight: Role of parliament, a two-day international conference in Belgrade, Serbia, 21-22 May 2015.
International Conference on Transparency and Accountability for Effective Oversight
GOPAC Serbia, with the collaboration of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, and the United Nations Development Programme, will be holding the International Conference on Transparency and Accountability for Effective Oversight in Belgrade, Serbia 21-22 May. The conference will gather parliamentarians and current and prospective GOPAC members from Albania, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro and Serbia, as well as representatives from UNDP offices from various countries, the GOPAC Global Secretariat and Executive Committee, anti-corruption institutions, civil society organisations, and diplomatic missions. It will serve as a platform to foster closer and more substantial cooperation between MPs in the exchange of best practices for promoting transparency and good governance, to hold discussions on the formation of a new GOPAC regional chapter, and to encourage the launch of additional national chapters.
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Tonga MPs Join Worldwide Network to Tackle Corruption
Parliamentarians in Tonga join the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) and commit to working together to combat corruption, strengthen good government and uphold the rule of law at a two-day workshop on corruption hosted by GOPAC, the UNDP and the UNODC in the capital Nuka’alofa. Parliamentarians from the Legislative Assembly of Tonga, including Nobles and People’s Representatives, the Prime Minister and Ministers attended.
Pacific MPs Need to Champion Anti-Corruption in Sustainable Development Goals
Parliamentarians should ensure that when their national governments and parliaments adopt priority national Sustainable Development Goals and targets after the UN General Assembly in September, that Goal 16 is included along with its anti-corruption relevant targets, GOPAC Oceania Chair John Hyde told a workshop for Tongan parliamentarians today.
Check out GOPAC’s April Newsletter!
GOPAC’s April newsletter is now available online. In our latest issue, read about the incredible efforts made by GOPAC UK members which led to the adoption of legislation securing the creation of a British national public register of beneficial ownership. You can also read about the recent Women in Parliaments 2015 Annual Summit where GOPAC Board member Senator Marie Claire Mukasine gave a presentation and about how GOPAC Oceania is helping Bhutan in their fight against corruption.
Strengthening Oversight of the Construction Sector to Fight Corruption and Organized Crime
GOPAC is calling on legislators across the world to make oversight of the construction sector – particularly in public infrastructure projects – a priority in the fight against corruption. The call is reflected in GOPAC’s position paper, Building on Sand: The importance of oversight in fighting corruption within the construction sector, launched today.
GOPAC Vows to Bring Kleptocrats to Justice in Speech at the United Nations
“I know that several of the kleptocrats we have in our sights are watching the broadcast of this session. To them, I have a simple message: enjoy the money and the power while you can, because we are coming for you,” warned Akaash Maharaj, the CEO of the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC), during his speech at the 14th session of the UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration (UNCEPA) Wednesday afternoon.
GOPAC Address to the United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration
I am grateful for the opportunity to address this chamber, on behalf of the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption, or GOPAC. We are a worldwide alliance of legislators who have come together to combat corruption, strengthen public institutions, and uphold the rule of law.
GOPAC Statement to the 14th Session of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration
United Nations and its Member States have repeatedly identified ethics, integrity, transparency, and accountability as founding principles of sound public administration. In the words of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs itself, “Integrity, by requiring that public interest be paramount, provides the basis for transparency and accountability.Transparency without accountability becomes meaningless and makes a mockery of sound public administration. Accountability depends on transparency or having the necessary information. And transparency and accountability without integrity may not end up serving the public interest.”
Check out GOPAC’s March Newsletter!
GOPAC’s March newsletter is now available online. In our latest issue, we showcase a symposium on grand corruption at Harvard University where GOPAC’s Chief Executive Officer participated as a panellist. You can also read about a proposed bill on asset recovery brought forward by the Chair of GOPAC Brazil and the Parliamentary Network’s field visit in Peru which involved GOPAC members from Kenya, Timor-Leste, and Peru.
GOPAC Executive Director at Harvard University
Akaash Maharaj, GOPAC’s Executive Director, participated in a panel of experts at the “Combatting Grand Corruption: Is International Law the Answer?” symposium organized by the Harvard Law and International Development Society. In his address to students, professors, and representatives from public and private sector organizations, Mr Maharaj spoke about GOPAC’s values and main activities, the devastating burden corruption imposes on human life, and the different options GOPAC has been pursuing in order to realise international prosecutions of acts of grand corruption.
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Blog: Defence and Security Sector Oversight in the Fight Against Corruption
Jean Pierre Chabot, Advisor at the GOPAC Global Secretariat writes about our latest position paper on parliamentary oversight of the defence and security sectors on the Security Sector Reform Resource Centre’s “The Hub” blog. In his post, he explains that it is crucial for parliamentarians to find a proper balance between accountability and secrecy in their oversight work of the defence and security sectors. Mr Chabot argues that adequate oversight of these sectors is critical to safeguarding democracy and ensuring stewardship of peace, our greatest public good.
GOPAC Chair on HSBC Tax-Evasion Scandal
GOPAC Chair Ricardo Garcia Cervantes discusses the HSBC scandal on Capital Radio (Spain) and offers his expert opinion on how to address these types of corruption cases which are all far too common.
Interview (only available in Spanish)
Check out GOPAC’s February Newsletter!
GOPAC’s February newsletter is now available online. In our latest issue, we proudly announce our new partnership with the Islamic Development Bank and showcase our recently launched position paper on parliamentary oversight of the defence and security sectors. We have also released our latest Making a Difference video clip which features GOPAC Argentina Chair Paula Bertol.
Greater Transparency and Oversight Needed in Defence and Security Sectors to Fight Corruption
GOPAC is calling on parliamentarians throughout the world to make oversight of the defence and security sectors a priority in their fight against corruption and ensure that there is a justifiable balance between the need for secrecy and the need for transparency. The call is reflected in GOPAC’s position paper on oversight of the defence and security sectors, Oversight is the Continuation of Democracy by Other Means, launched today.
Check out GOPAC’s January Newsletter!
GOPAC’s January newsletter is now available online. In our latest issue, read about a global seminar on extractive industries which took place in Kigali, Rwanda and where GOPAC Board member Sen Marie Claire Mukasine gave a presentation. Also, you can get updated on ARPAC’s latest work in relation to whistleblower protection in Lebanon and efforts being made by a GOPAC Kiribati member to help recover stolen development assistance funds.
GOPAC at the Empire Club of Canada
GOPAC’s Executive Director, Akaash Maharaj, moderated a discussion at the Empire Club of Canada on transparency in the Canadian mining sector. Mr Maharaj was joined by Claire Woodside of Publish What You Pay–Canada and Pierre Gratton of the Mining Association of Canada. The event took place on 27 November, in Toronto, Canada and was sponsored by Export Development Canada.
Check out GOPAC’s December Newsletter!
GOPAC’s December newsletter is now available online. In our latest issue, we showcase our new online campaign on grand corruption and share how our chapters celebrated International Anti-Corruption Day on 9 December. Also, you can read about the statement on illicit flows that GOPAC Oceania signed and get updated on the latest developments from our chapters in the Arab region, Argentina, and Gambia.