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Monday, October 22 • 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Anti-Corruption Contribution to Accellerate Progress on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

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Corruption is a major development challenge. It impacts all five pillars of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – people, prosperity, planet, peace, and partnerships. It is a significant bottleneck to achieving sustainable development in all its three dimensions – economic, social, and environmental.
Every year the developing world loses more than US$1 trillion in illicit outflows[1] through government corruption, criminal activity, commercial tax evasion and mispriced commercial transactions. Many forms of illicit financial flows (IFFs) divert resources away from development efforts. These resources could otherwise be used to ensure that everyone has equal access to basic services like education and health, with dignity and without engaging in corruption.
Anti-corruption efforts, including the timely return of stolen assets, can significantly contribute to accelerating progress on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In particular, SDG 16 and its targets on reducing corruption, developing effective, accountable and transparent institutions, ensuring responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision making, and strengthening access to information are not only valuable and important aspiration in their own right, they are also important conditions for a successful achievement of the entire sustainable development agenda.  Moreover, the United Nations Conventions against Corruption (UNCAC), with its 186 parties (as of 26 June 2018) is the only legally binding universal anti-corruption instrument. The effective implementation of its comprehensive provisions can make an important contribution to the 2030 Agenda.
This high-level session has the main objective of sharing experiences, good practices, and challenges in terms of building synergies between anti-corruption and asset recovery efforts and the implementation of 2030 Agenda.
The panel will be comprised of representatives from governments, UN agencies and other international organisations, the private sector, and civil society. The facilitated discussion will give participants the opportunity to contribute and discuss on a range of issues:
What are the challenges regarding implementing Goal 16 and its anti-corruption targets? What are the linkages between development financing on one hand and, fighting corruption, preventing illicit financial flows and asset recovery on the other? How can the implementation of UNCAC contribute to accelerating progress in achieving the SDGs? and What are the different roles of the public sector, the private sector, civil society, and international organisations for effectively integrating anti-corruption efforts in the SDG implementation?
The facilitated discussion will provide insights into the way forward for key stakeholders: public sector, private sector, civil society, and international actors, and into how each of them can contribute to anti-corruption efforts (e.g. mainstreaming, measuring, monitoring) and how they can support and build synergies with each other, so as to address the issues of corruption and asset recovery more comprehensively and accelerate progress on the SDGs.

  [1] http://www.gfintegrity.org/issue/illicit-financial-flows/

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Achim Steiner

Administrator, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Over nearly three decades, Achim Steiner has been a global leader on sustainable development, climate resilience, and international cooperation. He has worked tirelessly to champion sustainability, economic growth and equality for the vulnerable, and has been a vocal advocate for... Read More →

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Raymond Baker

President, Global Financial Integrity
Raymond Baker is the President of Global Financial Integrity and the author of Capitalism’s Achilles Heel: Dirty Money and How to Renew the Free-Market System, cited by the Financial Times as one of the “best business books of 2005.” He has for many years been an internationally... Read More →

John Brandolino

Director, Division for Treaty Affairs, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC))

Daniel Domelevo

Auditor General, Ghana
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Rose Gill Hearn

Principal Municipal Integrity, Bloomberg Associates
Rose Gill Hearn served as Commissioner of the New York City Department of Investigation (DOI) from 2002 through 2013 and was the longest-serving Commissioner in its 140-year history... Rose’s leadership led to significant increases in DOI’s productivity, including assets recovered... Read More →
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Carin Jämtin

Director-General, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)
Carin Jämtin is Director-General of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) since May 2017. Ms. Jämtin has a long political career within the Social Democratic Party at both national and local level. Democracy and human rights have always been the heart of... Read More →
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Ceda Ogada

Deputy General Counsel and Deputy Director of the Legal Department, International Monetary Fund (IMF)
Mr. Ceda Ogada is Deputy General Counsel at the Legal Department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). He joined as Counsel in 1999. Mr. Ogada works in particular on country operations and on IMF policy development and application. He has taught several courses on the legal and... Read More →
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Bambang Susantono

Vice President, Asian Development Bank
Dr. Bambang Susantono is Vice-President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). He is responsible for ADB’s knowledge management and supervises the development of ADB’s flagship publications and reports. This includes macro, micro... Read More →

Workshop Coordinators
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Anga Timilsina

Global Programme Advisor, Anti-Corruption, UNDP ACPIS
Are winning or losing the battle against corruption?Anga Timilsina is the Programme Manager of the UNDP Global Anti-Corruption Initiative (GAIN) – the UNDP global initiative in response to the increasing demand for technical assistance in anti-corruption from more than 130 country... Read More →

Monday October 22, 2018 3:30pm - 5:30pm CEST
Workshop Room 1
  High Level Open Session, Panel Debate
  • Organiser UNDP and UNODC