The United States will provide subject matter experts and offer other support for the 15th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) that takes place today in Brasilia, Brazil. The biennial IACC is the principal multi-stakeholder global meeting focusing on combating corruption. It brings together civil society, national and local government officials, international organizations, and private sector representatives from over 135 countries to exchange information and strategies.
The United States is committed to fighting corruption and to engaging with other stakeholders to advance good, open and accountable governance for the 21st century. The United States has championed international frameworks such as the UN Convention against Corruption and the Anti-Bribery Convention, enhanced U.S. domestic integrity and transparency measures and U.S. enforcement, and provided more than $1.5 billion for anticorruption and good governance assistance around the globe in fiscal year 2010 alone. As Secretary Clinton has said, “We know too well the costs of corruption on communities and businesses, on economic growth and democratic institutions, and on global stability and security. Corruption not only erodes the trust and confidence that citizens hold in one another and in their governments, it also robs both citizens and governments of resources that could be invested in a brighter future.”
This year’s IACC will focus on mobilizing and connecting agents of change to ensure that demands for greater transparency and accountability will lead to sustainable, irreversible changes. This IACC will feature work streams on ending impunity; promoting green and clean governance; restoring trust in the financial sector; preventing corruption in sports; ensuring stable and transparent governments during political transitions; and collectively shaping the global governance agenda. The United States supports a multi-stakeholder approach to combating corruption that recognizes the complementary roles of government, civil society, and business, and supports the IACC as a means to promote the exchange of good practices and sustained high-level attention to the problem of corruption.
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