Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative (StAR) Asset Recovery Day

Tenth Session of the UN Convention Against Corruption

Atlanta, December 12, 2023

On December 12, 2023, African Center for Governance, Asset Recovery, and Sustainable Development visits the city of Atlanta alongside leaders, diplomats, and anti-corruption advocates from across the globe as it hosts the Tenth Session of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC). The day’s central focus is the Special Event – Asset Recovery Day, organized in collaboration with the Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative (StAR).

The Special Event, organized by the World Bank and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Stolen Asset Recovery (StAR) Initiative, along with various partners, serves as a pivotal platform for engaging in substantive discussions on a multitude of topics related to asset recovery. The collaboration between the World Bank, UNODC StAR Initiative, and various partners underscores the collective commitment to addressing corruption and its far-reaching implications. By providing a platform for open dialogue and collaboration, the event serves as a catalyst for driving progress in the realm of asset recovery.

The session started with a high-level opening session by Mr. John Brandolino, Director, of the Division for Treaty Affairs, UNODC, and Mr. Mouhamadou Diagne, Vice President of Integrity, World Bank.

Key highlights of the day include the Global Forum on Asset Recovery (GFAR) Action Series organized by United Kingdom and United States of America with Ukraine and Honduras participating as recipient countries which includes the Launch of the New StAR Asset Recovery Watch Database, GFAR Announcements, GFAR Principles Presentation Mr Lateef Fagbemi, Attorney and Minister of Justice, Ministry of Justice, Nigeria and Julien Buissart, Representative of Switzerland.

Other panel sessions include: Engaging Civil Society in Asset Recovery and Return To Catch a Thief: A Conversation about Tax and Corruption; Victims of Corruption: Back for Payback Good Practices in Asset Management; Unlocking the Treasure Chest: Leveraging Beneficial Ownership Transparency for Asset Recovery; Challenges to Asset Recovery in the MENA Region and Righting the Wrong: Tools for Asset Recovery in Global Corruption Cases.

 The conference is expected to produce valuable insights and strategies to advance the global fight against corruption and pave the way for a more just and equitable future.

The African Center for Governance, Asset Recovery, and Sustainable Development (otherwise known as “the African Center”) is an independent, civil society organization with headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria. The African Center collaborates with national governments, international and regional organizations, as well as non-governmental organizations to promote good governance, sustainable development, and the rule of law. Read more:

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