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Making a Difference

For the past 12 years, GOPAC members around the globe have been introducing legislation and developing new institutions and measures to fight corruption to hold governments to account. The fight can be a long one but step by step we are seeing successes that reflect the strong dedication of our members.

In honour of our hardworking members, GOPAC has released Making a Difference: Victories in the fight against corruption. The publication is a look at the many successes accomplished by our members. 
From new anti-money laundering legislation to tools to further involve civil society to fight corruption, our successes not only demonstrate the importance and strength of our network but also highlight the need for even more work.

We invite all our members and partners to take inspiration from these stories. They are concrete examples that when we come together, we can and will win the fight against corruption. 

New Anti-Corruption Agency and Beneficial Ownership Registry in Ukraine

The current situation in Ukraine is a tenuous one. One of the main catalysts for much of the unrest in the country stems from corruption or better yet, society’s outcry that they are done with accepting corruption as a way of life. GOPAC Ukraine members have accepted the daunting challenge and are working tirelessly to re-instate integrity and good governance in their government.

As such, the chapter is supporting a law that would create a specialised agency—a national anti-corruption agency—for detecting and investigating corruption. The agency would comply with international standards of independence and effectiveness. It would be autonomous from executive authorities and other public agencies, and offer a transparent and competitive selection process in selecting the head of the agency and staff. 
It would deal with crimes of grand corruption—offences committed by persons holding political offices or other public officials of high level, such as judges, and prosecutors. Offences posing significant threat to public interest due to outrageous amount of the bribe or the seriousness of the damage caused would be dealt with as well.

The chapter is also advocating for a law on access to information which seeks to create a registry of real estate owners and one for beneficial ownership. This law will help to reveal cases of grand corruption and prevent abuses in future. It is also in line with GOPAC’s position paper Transparency Through Beneficial Ownership Declarations.
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Call for Nominations: First Annual GOPAC International Anti-Corruption Award

Around the world our GOPAC members are fighting tirelessly towards a corruption-free world. But among these many dedicated fighters are individuals or groups that exemplify to the highest degree what it means to be a GOPAC member. They carry GOPAC’s core values of INTEGRITY, ACCOUNTABILITY, COLLABORATION, and DIVERSITY into every aspect of their lives. Their commitment to the fight against corruption is demonstrated through past or current initiatives.

We can and should all learn from these members. Sharing their stories is integral to strengthening our global fight against corruption.
Please send your nominations for the first annual GOPAC International Anti-Corruption Award today!

Call for nominations closes 31 October 2014 at 11:59 pm EDT.

For more information, visit the GOPAC International Anti-Corruption Award web page.

Anti-Corruption and Good Governance are Fundamental to Sustainable and Inclusive Global Economy

GOPAC has joined the United Nations Global Compact’s call to urge governments to promote anti-corruption measures and implement policies to establish systems of good governance. The CALL TO ACTION was launched in June and challenges the private sector to put pressure on governments to stand up to corruption and breed environments where corruption can no longer thrive.
Corruption is a major contributor to the undermining of economic and social development. By signing the pledge, companies publicly show not only their support for the fight against corruption but also their commitment to a sustainable and inclusive global economy.

Sign the CALL TO ACTION today!

Spreading our Message Throughout Canada

GOPAC Executive Director, Akaash Maharaj, represented GOPAC at the 83rd Annual Couchiching Summer Conference in Lake Couchiching, Canada at the start of August, raising GOPAC’s profile with civil society across the country. This year’s conference focused on sport, examining the idea of competition itself and the way it brings out both the best and the worst in us. Mr Maharaj led discussions during the panel sessions focusing his comments on corruption in sport as it relates to the cost of major games, their tendency to breed corrupt
behavior in public officials and the need for better oversight. He also provided the closing remarks to the conference.

The Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs is Canada’s oldest organization which provides opportunity for some of Canada’s leading debates on public affairs and the examination of public policy in Canada. Over the years, the summer conference has attracted Canadians from diverse backgrounds with varying interests who have engaged in lively discussions of both national and international significance.

Building Bridges with the World Bank

The GOPAC Global Secretariat hosted representatives from the Integrity Vice Presidency of the World Bank in August. The meetings included GOPAC Executive Director, Akaash Maharaj, and GOPAC Director of Development, Brian Barrett with Galina J. Mikhlin-Oliver, Director, Strategy and Core Services – Integrity Vice Presidency and Bart Stevens, Senior Communications Officer – Integrity Vice Presidency – Preventive Services Division.
The meeting provided an opportunity to learn more about the Integrity Vice Presidency and its recent restructuring. It also explored various ways the Integrity Vice Presidency could work with GOPAC including through our participation in World Bank events, the sharing of best practices, and collaboration in the development of training materials.
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