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Report of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption on its Fifth Session, Held in Panama City From 25 to 29 November 2013

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Date Published
January 2014
53 pages
This is the report on the fifth session of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption, which was held in Panama City, November 25-29, 2013.
Six resolutions were passed by the Conference to improve the effectiveness of law enforcement cooperation in the detection of corruption offenses within the framework of the United National Convention against Corruption. A second resolution pertains to strengthening the implementation of the criminalization provisions of the Convention against Corruption, particularly regarding solicitation. The Conference also resolved to facilitate international cooperation in asset recovery associated with corruption crimes. Other resolutions were to follow up on the Marrakech declaration on the prevention of corruption; to promote the contribution of youth and children in preventing corruption and fostering a culture of respect for the law and integrity; and to increase attention to corruption in the private sector that undermines national and world economies. After outlining the organization of the conference's fifth session, this report reviews the implementation of the Convention against Corruption and the technical assistance being provided for implementing the Convention. Speakers welcomed the increased and focused efforts to implement the Convention, noting the importance of the country review process. Several speakers emphasized the need for follow-up to the observations contained in the country review report and to the technical assistance needs identified. Some speakers also mentioned the usefulness of involving non-governmental organizations in the implementation of the Convention. The report also addresses the Conference's discussion of the prevention of corruption in both public and private domains. Among the topics discussed were conflicts of interest, asset declarations, integrity in the judiciary and prosecution services, transparency in public administration, and public education. A separate section of the report addresses Conference discussions on asset recovery and international cooperation. Appended list of documents before the Conference