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GOPAC Philippines Strengthens Anti-Money Laundering Laws

Under the leadership of Senator Edgardo J. Angara, Chair of GOPAC Philippines, our national chapter in the Philippines drove through significant amendments to the country’s anti-money laundering laws. The amendments broaden the definition of money laundering and expand the list of predicate crimes to include bribery, human trafficking, tax evasion, and environmental offences. These new and amended laws immediately followed the GOPAC parliamentarians’ workshop on anti-money laundering and on the United Nations Convention Against Corruption, which we co-hosted with our regional chapter, South

East Asian Parliamentarians Against Corruption, on 16 March 2012 in Manila, Philippines.

As a result of these legislative changes, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) upgraded the Philippines from the “dark gray” list to the “gray list”, indicating that the country is making “sufficient progress” in meeting international standards for fighting money laundering. Before the efforts of GOPAC members in the Philippines, the country had been in danger of being downgraded to the far more severe “blacklist”.

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APNAC-Mali Celebrates Victory in
Fight Against Corruption

GOPAC’s national chapter in Mali, the African Parliamentary Network Against Corruption Mali (APNAC-Mali), has achieved a historic success in our efforts to increase accountability and end political corruption across the country.

On June 27, the government of Mali adopted a Cabinet directive, subjecting all state institutions and projects to management audits. This is a landmark step in increasing oversight and integrity in management of Mali’s public resources, which will help root-out corruption and mismanagement, and bring guilty parties to justice.

The government made its announcement just two days after GOPAC’s Mali parliamentarians publicly called for the national management audit at an APNAC-Mail press conference, which was attended by eleven private newspapers, the state newspapers, and four radio stations. National and private television stations also broadcasted the press conference across the continent.

We congratulate our members in Mali on their success. APNAC-Mali will monitor and publicise the outcome of the national audits, to build a stronger, more credible, and more transparent Malian democracy.

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Evaluating the Progress of the UNCAC Review Mechanism

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The United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) is international law’s defining anti-corruption treaty. However, any law is only as good as its enforcement, and to ensure that countries that have ratified the UNCAC are living up to their legal obligations, the Conference of States Parties to the UNCAC created the UNCAC Review Mechanism. The Implementation Review Group of the UNCAC is now evaluating that mechanism.

This past June, the Implementation Review Group welcomed 125 States Parties to the UNCAC at its third session in Vienna. Unique to this session was the first-ever formal briefing to civil society non-governmental organizations (NGOs), which was possible only after extensive multilateral negotiations. This

was a remarkable step in making the entire UNCAC system more open and more transparent.

The GOPAC UNCAC Global Task Force (GTF-UNCAC) continues to assist parliamentarians in actively promoting the UNCAC in their respective parliaments; to press the Executive Branches of governments to fully implement the UNCAC; to call for annual review mechanisms in each country; and to insist that Review Mechanism Reports be tabled in Parliaments and shared in open and transparent processes. As importantly, the GTF-UNCAC urges Parliaments to fully engage their citizens and civil societies in the issues raised in the UNCAC review process.

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GOPAC 2010-2011 Annual Report Online


GOPAC’s 2010-2011 Annual Report is now available on our website. The report highlights the successes of our past year, including knowledge sharing with our members, our Global Conference in Mexico, and the growth of our Global Secretariat. The report also includes information about our Five-year Strategic Plan that will guide the organization in the coming years.

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Upcoming Events

August 2012:
Mexico Workshop

GOPAC Mexico is hosting a workshop for Mexican Parliamentarians on 2 August 2012. The workshop will equip parliamentarians with the knowledge and skills to help enforce Mexico’s adherence to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption, the Organization of American States’ Inter-American Convention Against Corruption, and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions.

September 2012:
GOPAC Global Monitoring Report

This September, GOPAC will publish our first quarterly Global Monitoring Report. The inaugural edition will focus on the opportunities and challenges facing parliamentarians fighting corruption in Morocco. Through an in-depth review of the Moroccan experience, the report will provide examples of good practice and potential pitfalls for parliamentarians around the world in our shared efforts to increase integrity and accountability in the public sphere.

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