The U.S. Department of State is leading the U.S. delegation to the November 25–29 Conference of States Parties (COSP) to the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) in Panama City, Panama. This Conference coincides with the tenth anniversary of the day that the UNCAC opened for signature and established a widely accepted framework for tackling the scourge of corruption. One hundred sixty-eight nations, including the Unites States, are States Parties to the UNCAC.
From demands for bribes to major embezzlement, corruption—in all of its forms—erodes the rule of law, weakens institutions, and undermines democracy and good governance.
The United States is committed to engaging with other countries to prevent and combat corruption, and contributes approximately $1 billion annually to support anti-corruption and good governance activities around the globe. The United States has also contributed significantly to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime toward implementation of the UNCAC, providing over $4.4 million in funding in the last two years. These investments in preventing and punishing cross-border corruption help foster an international business environment which helps American business and delivers benefits to our citizens.
The United States has several objectives for this COSP, including increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of the UNCAC review mechanism; focusing attention on tools that advance cooperation with regard to asset recovery; promoting the dissemination of information related to capacity building needs identified through the review process; underscoring the important role played by elements of civil society in combating corruption and implementing UNCAC; and promoting international cooperation and collaboration across treaty bodies.
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