Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will announce the third cohort of ACCA honorees during the Anti-Corruption Champions Award Ceremony on December 9, International Anti-Corruption Day, at 9:00 a.m. in the Burns Auditorium at the Department of State in Washington, D.C.

The Department will recognize eight honorees from around the world, highlighting the United States’ efforts to promote anti-corruption reform. The ACCA recognizes individuals who have demonstrated leadership, courage, and impact in preventing, exposing, and combatting corruption.

Secretary Blinken launched the ACCA in February 2021 to demonstrate the Biden Administration’s commitment to combating corruption. Due to previous COVID-19 restrictions, this will be the first award ceremony hosted in-person.

Secretary Blinken’s remarks will be open press and live streamed on and The event access time for press wishing to cover in-person is 8:00 a.m. from the Department’s 21st Street entrance.

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) a U.S. Government-issued photo media credential (e.g., Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), or (2) an official photo identification card issued by their news organization, or (3) a letter from their employer on official letterhead verifying their current employment as a journalist. Additionally, they must present an official government photo identification card (i.e., U.S. driver’s license or passport). Those who do not have a State Department building pass should allow adequate time for security processing at the C Street entrance and will be escorted to the Burns Auditorium.

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