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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.

GOPAC Board Member Lectures at IACA Summer Session

For the second consecutive year, Dr Naser Al Sane, Chair of GOPAC’s Management Committee, was invited as a guest lecturer at the International Anti-Corruption Summer Academy, a special summer session at the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA).

Dr Al Sane focused his lecture on perpetrators of grand corruption—public officials responsible for upholding the rule of law who use their authority for private gain, stealing from the public coffers and robbing their citizen of basic human rights and welfare—and the steps that need to be taken to apprehend, prosecute, judge and sentence the guilty.  In particular, he talked about GOPAC’s Action Plan to fight grand corruption.
GOPAC’s participation in the annual training program is part of our commitment to collaborate with like-minded partners in the fight against corruption. GOPAC and the IACA signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the close of the fifth Global Conference of Parliamentarians Against Corruption in February 2013, agreeing to work together to support and promote the fight against corruption through technical assistance, training, research and education. 
When was the last time anti-corruption legislation was the object of debate in your parliament?

Share your thoughts here: GOPAC Question of the Month

Developing a GOPAC Chapter in Ecuador

GOPAC joined forces with Observatorio Legislativo, a civil society organization in Ecuador, and the Canadian Embassy in Ecuador in July to host Legislative Tools Against Corruption. The event was attended by legislators from various political parties in Ecuador. It aimed to introduce participants to GOPAC and to motivate them to build a national chapter in their country.
 
GOPAC Chair Ricardo García Cervantes spoke about GOPAC’s objectives and activities. He also shared how the legislators in Ecuador can form a national chapter and build their fight against corruption. During the event
participants enquired as to the role GOPAC could play in relation to the allegation of corruption in their country. Following the event, the legislators signed a letter of commitment to develop a national chapter.

The Observatorio Legislativo will be helping the legislators over the coming months with the development of the chapter. Any legislators or former legislator in Ecuador interested in additional information or wishing to become a member of the chapter are invited to contact Observatorio Legislativo: contacto@observatoriolegislativo.ec.

GOPAC Argentina Chair Speaks at Transparency Seminar

Paula Bertol, Vice-Chair of GOPAC Latin America and the Caribbean and Chair of GOPAC Argentina, was a key speaker at Transparency in the Public Service, an international anti-corruption seminar held in Buenos Aires, Argentina in June. Ms Bertol was joined on the panel by Jorge Jaraquemada, the Executive Director of the Fundación Jaime Guzmán and Chair of the Consejo para la Transparencia in Chile, and Marcos Hilding Ohlsson, Party Leader of ConVocación por San Isidro. The event was hosted by the Fundación Nuevaa Generaciones in collaboration with the Hanns Seidel Foundation.

During her presentation, Ms Bertol explained that in Argentina there is neither a transparency law nor an agency to perform that function.
However, she did share the important role that GOPAC plays in the country, providing tools to help ensure transparency, including a guide that provides recommendations on how to ensure accountability in government. She also discussed GOPAC’s grand corruption project and the need for mechanisms to prosecute perpetrators of grand corruption at an international level.

Ms Bertol concluded her presentation by reminded the participants that corruption kills and that we must recognise it for the evil that it is.

Kyrgyzstan’s Prosecutor General Visits Global Secretariat

July provided the Global Secretariat with the opportunity to host a delegation from Kyrgyzstan led by Aida J. Salianova, the Prosecutor General of the Kyrgyz Republic. The purpose of the mission was to establish and build direct ties with their Canadian partners and counterparts to further develop bilateral legal cooperation.

To further support the delegation, the Global Secretariat organized meetings with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). The meeting provided
the delegation with a greater understanding of Canada’s Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act and the role of the RCMP in conducting investigations of corruption relating to the Act.

The Global Secretariat also facilitated a meeting with the Public Prosecution Service of Canada, to further a deeper appreciation for the similarities and differences in mandate between the two independent prosecution offices.

GOPAC Welcomes New Director of Development at the Global Secretariat

GOPAC is proud to welcome Brian Barrett to the Global Secretariat team as our new Director of Development. Mr Barrett works with Global Secretariat staff, our Board of Directors and our members to help build partnerships and explore new funding opportunities. He will help lead the organization into its next phase by developing and implementing a new fundraising program.

Mr Barrett joins the team following a distinguished career in the Public Service of Canada. He has worked with all levels of government and has represented Canada at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). He has successfully raised funds for many organizations and events including the Canadian Museum of History, the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards, Ottawa’s Viennese Winter Ball, the Junior Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra, and the Champions for Children Foundation. 
 
Brian has also been involved in civic engagement in his community as the Chair of the City of Ottawa’s Arts, Heritage and Culture Advisory Committee to City Council as well as the Executive Director of Volunteer Ottawa.

Mr Barrett attended Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec for his undergraduate honours degree and completed graduate work in international relations at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. He has received many awards most notably the Public Service of Canada Merit Award and the Natural Resources Canada Award for Partnerships and Collaboration. He also received the CANADA 125 medal from the Governor General of Canada for his work during the 125th anniversary of Confederation and his community development activities.

Examining International and National Experiences in the Fight Against Corruption

GOPAC, through Global Secretariat representative Ann Marie Paquet, participated in The Fight Against Corruption: International and National Experiences, a conference held in Baku, Azerbaijan 30 June – 1 July 2014. The event was hosted by the Group of States Against Corruption, the Council of Europe and the International Anti-Corruption Academy. Over 100 international participants gathered for the event, including prosecutors from countries all over Europe and representatives from anti-corruption NGOs and supranational organizations such as the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
Among the important issues concerning corruption which conference presenters covered were two of particular importance to GOPAC. The first was the importance of tackling corruption at the highest levels through genuine political will to ensure accountability at top political levels. The second was the need for national legislative architecture to both prevent and fight corruption and for countries’ compliance with the relevant Council of Europe, OECD and UN Conventions to be effectively monitored.

The event also provided GOPAC with the opportunity to forge new ties with key anti-corruption stakeholders and strengthen existing ties. 
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