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APG Chair calls for effective cooperation to combat corruption

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  • 14th December, 2021 03:07:52 PM
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APG Chair calls for effective cooperation to combat corruption

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Bangladesh Ambassador and Permanent Representative in Vienna Muhammad Abdul Muhith has called upon all State Parties to United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) to take action to ensure effective cooperation at all levels to combat corruption.

As the current Chair of the Asia-Pacific Group (APG) to UN Offices in Vienna, Ambassador Muhith delivered a statement on behalf of the fifty-four Asia-Pacific countries at the opening segment of the 9th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC CoSP) at Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt on Monday (December 13).

Ambassador Muhith stated that the Asia-Pacific Group attaches utmost importance to the prevention and combating of corruption, particularly when considering the devastating effects corruption has on different aspects of society, including economic and social development, good governance, rule of law, equality, and peace & security.

He underlined the significant contribution of collective efforts in preventing and combating corruption towards the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as a whole and in particular Goal 16, which aims at promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, providing access to justice for all and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

He highlighted the critical importance of effective international cooperation, multilateralism, UNCAC Implementation Review Mechanism, technical assistance and asset recovery to prevent and combat corruption.

Muhith urged State Parties for effective follow-up and implementation of the political commitments made in the UNGASS Declaration (2021) and the Kyoto Declaration (2021) to develop, adequately resource and implement effective policies and measures, to analyze corruption and strengthening the integrity, transparency and accountability of public institutions, in order to prevent, detect, investigate, prosecute and adjudicate corruption in a holistic manner for ending impunity.

The current session of the UNCAC CoSP is hosted by the Government of Egypt with the support of UNODC and will be concluded on 17 December 2021. A 12-member Bangladesh delegation, including representatives from the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Anti-Corruption Commission, Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit (BFIU) of Bangladesh Bank, and Bangladesh Permanent Mission in Vienna, is attending the Conference.