The African Center for Governance, Asset Recovery, and Sustainable Development is pleased to be part of the opening ceremony of the 10TH Session of the Conference of State Parties (CoSP10) plenary taking place today, 11th December 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
The COSP plenary offers State Parties an avenue to address a range of topics pertaining to the Convention’s implementation.
Keynote speakers include Anthony Blinken, Secretary of State who highlighted that corruption affects marginalized communities the most. He opened that there is a need to create more transparent governments and inclusive services, commit to making pledges a reality, and a more concerted effort. Cooperation between civil society, the private sector, and other stakeholders is also encouraged.
Whilst giving her welcoming remark, Her Excellency Linda Thomas Greenfield, Permanent Representative to the United States of America to the United Nations noted that corruption is a cancer that has dire consequences and births adverse effects, especially in developing countries like Yemen. She stated that the advancement of good governance, transparency, and accountability leads to the development of human rights, fundamental freedom, and peace while the opposite unchecked corruption will lead to adverse impunity.
She highlighted that the US has made anticorruption the main driver of its foreign policy by adopting a US strategy on countering corruption, making a Presidential proclamation to restrict the entry of those aiding corruption, providing 252 billion dollars in foreign assistance to counter corruption in its 2022 fiscal budget, promoting transparency and financial integrity and the enforcement of reporting of beneficial owners by January 1stt 2024 in the US. She further added that over 1.6 billion has been recovered so far by the US.
Other speakers include HE Dennis Francis, Vice President of UNGA, Antonio Gutteres, Secretary General of the United Nations, and Ghada Waly, Executive Director of UNODC who noted that many countries still lack Anti-Corruption bodies. Since 2010 when the Independent Review Mechanism was launched, there has been progress in the implementation of UNCAC. She opened that despite these commendable fears, the adverse effect of corruption still calls for action.
Mr Richard Nephew from the United States was nominated and appointed as the new president of the CoSP.
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