Egypt to host 9th session of UN anti-corruption conference on Monday in Sharm Sheikh

Fatma El-Bakry, Sunday 12 Dec 2021

Egypt will host the 9th session of the Conference of States Parties (CoSP) to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) from 13 to 17 December in Sharm El-Sheikh, according to UN’s official website.

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The logo of the 9th session of the Conference of States Parties (CoSP) to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) to be held from 13 to 17 December in Egypt’s Sharm El-Sheikh (photo courtesy of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime)

The conference, which is held every two years, is one of the world's largest anti-corruption gatherings and brings together people from Member States, parliaments, inter-governmental organisations, civil society and the private sector.

The conference will review of the implementation of the UNCAC, the only legally binding universal anti-corruption instrument, discuss preventing corruption and improving international cooperation to better tackle corruption and asset recovery.

The agenda for the ninth session will include a review of the implementation of the UNCAC, the provisional agenda for the 10th session and the adoption of the conference’s report.

The 2021 edition will be attended by 2,170 representatives from 144 countries, which is the highest number of attendances in the history of the convention.

According to Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Ghada Wali, participants will include five heads of state, more than 50 ministers, 30 heads of anti-corruption bodies and 257 civil society members.

Half of this number will physically attend, while the other half – including all the heads of state – will attend virtually due to the pandemic, Wali said in TV statements on Saturday.

Egypt joined the agreement in December 2003, out of its belief in the importance of international cooperation to prevent corrupt practices around the world.

The last session of the CoSP took place in Abu Dhabi in December 2019. The first session was held in Amman in 2006 after the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention against Corruption Resolution 58/4 of 31 October 2003. The UNCAC came into force in December 2005.

The convention, which has been signed by 189 countries, comprises eight chapters and 71 articles. It covers five main areas: preventive measures, criminalisation and law enforcement, international cooperation, asset recovery, and technical assistance and information exchange. The convention also covers many different forms of corruption, such as bribery, trading in influence, abuse of functions and various acts of corruption in the private sector.

In November, Egypt’s Administrative Control Authority (ACA) organised a simulated conference of Monday’s UN summit, which was attended by 140 Cairo University students and funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

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