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Registration for Global Conference Now Open!

GOPAC is looking forward to welcoming hundreds of anti-corruption leaders at the sixth Global Conference of Parliamentarians Against Corruption in Yogyakarta, Indonesia in just over two months. The conference will be held at the Royal Ambarrukmo Yogyakarta Hotel, 6-8 October 2015. All invitations have now been sent and delegates may 
register online on the conference website’s Registration page. The conference program will be made available online shortly. If you have not received an invitation to attend the sixth Global Conference, please kindly advise us by writing to globalconference@gopacnetwork.org.

GOPAC UK Holds Annual General Meeting

Following the general election in the United Kingdom (UK) , members of GOPAC UK held their Annual General Meeting on 1 July to elect their new officers and establish their strategic priorities. Catherine McKinnell, MP, was re-elected as Chair, Baroness Stern and Pauline Lathan, OBE, MP, were re-elected as Vice-Chairs, and Mark Durkan, MP, was re-elected as Secretary.
We would like to thank Anas Sarwar, outgoing Co-Chair of GOPAC UK, for his leadership of GOPAC UK, service to GOPAC and dedication to the fight against corruption. Among his successes while in public office, Mr Sarwar strongly advocated for the creation of a British register of beneficial ownership to eradicate secret and anonymous companies and strengthen the fight against money laundering.

GOPAC Board Member Lectures at IACA’s Summer Academy

GOPAC Board of Directors member and Chair of the Management Committee, Dr Naser Al Sane, was delighted to once again be invited as a lecturer at the fifth International Anti-Corruption Summer Academy (IACSA) in Vienna, Austria, 4 July. Dr Al Sane’s lecture informed participants on the work of GOPAC as well as the organization’s flagship project against grand corruption. IACSA is a premier event in the anti-corruption calendar which gathers professionals 
from around the world interested in expanding their knowledge on how corruption can be countered. Among the participants was APNAC-Zimbabwe Chair Honourable Willias Madzimure, the IACSA scholarship recipient  as part of the GOPAC International Anti-Corruption Award. Mr Madzimure accepted the scholarship following news that Award winner, the Honourable Ali Ashal would be unable to accept.

Latest News from our National Chapters

GOPAC Chile Chair Senator Hernan Larrain, GOPAC Argentina Chair Paula Bertol, and GOPAC Chile member the Honourable Patricio Vallespin Lopez joined a delegation from the Red Parlamentaria Latinoamericana de Transparencia, Acceso a la Información Pública y Probidad in Washington, D.C. in late-April to meet with partner organisations. The trip helped further solidify relationships between these GOPAC national chapters and the National Democratic Institute, OpeningParliament.org, the Organization of American States, the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank, and the Open Government Partnership.
On 13 May, GOPAC Argentina Chair Paula Bertol and GOPAC Argentina member the Honourable Manuel Garrido participated in a panel session on monitoring and transparency mechanisms at an international seminar on professional ethics and the fight against corruption, organised by the Consejo Profesional de Ingenieria Civil in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In addition to discussing the work of GOPAC, session topics covered the control bodies of the Argentine federal government, the current laws promoting transparency and access to information, and the role of the judiciary in prosecuting crimes of corruption.
On 11 June, the Argentine Chamber of Deputies observed International Legislative Transparency Day by holding a conference which GOPAC Argentina helped organise. The event was attended by GOPAC Argentina Chair Paula Bertol and members the Honourable Manuel Garrido, the Honourable Ana Carla Carrizo, and the Honourable Alejandro Cacace, who participated in debates on the National Congress’ use of media to engage their citizenry and the reasons why Argentina should embrace parliamentary openness. “Legislative transparency is a debt that we owe to the citizens of Argentina and we must help parliamentarians understand its utility as a tool to fight against impunity,” said Ms Bertol.

GOPAC Oceania Supports Development of Parliamentary Code of Ethics and Conduct in Nauru

GOPAC Oceania Chair John Hyde recently responded to a call for submissions issued by the Parliament of Nauru following the creation of its Select Committee on Leadership Code on 12 May 2015. The Committee, chaired by GOPAC member the Honourable Russ Kun, MP, asked the public at large for their suggestions regarding which specific elements they believe should be included in the Leadership Code and how the government should go about implementing it. Once adopted by Parliament, the Leadership Code will become Nauru’s very first parliamentary code of ethics and conduct and will play an important role in carrying out the government’s commitment to transparency and accountability.

In his submission, Mr Hyde wrote that a rigorous parliamentary ethics and conduct regime would greatly help 
Nauruan members of parliament strengthen their practices of good governance and pressed for a Leadership Code that includes a section on conflicts of interest and the measures which can be taken to effectively prevent them. In addition, he strongly recommended that the Select Committee produce a code which promotes the values of stewardship, subsidiarity, and collaboration, as well as supports public participation.

The Parliament of Nauru encouraged all citizens in the Pacific region to share their comments with the Select Committee throughout July. The Select Committee is expected to present the Leadership Code to the Parliament of Nauru in November 2015.
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