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UN conference against corruption ends with declaration to safeguard emergency and crisis response

The ninth session of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) ended with the adoption of the Sharm el-Sheikh Declaration and the signing of seven resolutions in the field of combating corruption.

According to the UNCAC, the new declaration is dedicated to strengthening international cooperation to prevent, detect, investigate and prosecute corruption offenses during crises and emergencies. The declaration calls for States Parties to collect anti-corruption practices and develop guidelines for strengthening cooperation.

– The Sharm el-Sheikh Declaration on fighting corruption in times of crisis will inform our recovery from the pandemic with integrity, and will help countries be ready for the emergencies of tomorrow, – said the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, Ghada Waly, in her closing remarks.

During the conference, states parties seven resolutions addressing key issues such as strengthening law enforcement cooperation in the fight against corruption, beneficial ownership in asset recovery, education and youth empowerment. One of the resolutions is dedicated to advancing commitments made in previous sessions to enhance prevention and strengthening cooperation between supreme audit institutions and anti-corruption authorities.

The five-day UN conference in Sharm el-Sheikh was attended by over 2,100 representatives from 152 states, as well as international and regional organizations, civil society, academia and the private sector.

On the sidelines of the session, more than 70 additional events were held to discuss issues of corruption, health care, COVID-19, sports and education.

In addition, States parties agreed a decision for the United States to host the tenth session of the conference in 2023.