Theme: Integrity Matters
Motivation: Corruption pollutes all countries, rich and poor. When nations met in 2015 to develop the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), integrating anti-corruption priorities reflected the consensus among countries around the world that corruption must be tackled both through national action and global cooperation. This was previously recognised in the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), the first global treaty on this topic, which was agreed in 2003 and came into force in 2005. The Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) was formed as a result of parliamentarians wanting to effectively implement UNCAC. Corruption is a major barrier to peoplecentered sustainable development, good governance and economic growth.
Since then, Parliaments have been increasingly active in taking action to address corruption and promote systems and processes that prioritise public accountability and transparency. All have established a range of different anti-corruption and accountability institutions which are evolving into their own “anti-corruption eco-systems”, working together to operate as a multi-faceted set of institutions and mechanisms designed to maximise limited human and financial resources by collaboratively tackling the complex set of challenges that corruption poses.
GOPAC aims to fight corruption and improve good governance throughout the world by strengthening cooperation between parliamentarians, government and civil society. The 7th Global Conference of Parliamentarians against Corruption, held in Doha, Qatar in 9-10 December 2019, will be a conduit to further enhance collaboration among anti-corruption stakeholders through a strengthened focus on integrity.
As mandated by the Yogyakarta Declaration adopted at the 6th Global Conference of Parliamentarians, parliament and parliamentarians are required to strengthen their capacity, engagement and mechanisms for parliamentary oversight of the SDGs along with tackling corruption.
GOPAC believes in the importance of integrity and accountability in order to achieve the SDGs. In line with GOPAC’s commitment to promoting good governance through its core values of integrity, accountability, collaboration and diversity, there has been a growing emphasis on achieving good governance through an openness regime.
The 7th Global Conference will unlock opportunities to explore, engage and develop partnerships with broader good governance and anticorruption stakeholders. The 7th Global Conference will also emphasize our belief in the work of parliament as a key pillar of democracy and hallmark of good governance. Parliamentarians also recognise that in order to be holding the executive to account, Parliament needs to ensure its own house is in order with a commitment to personal integrity by Parliamentarians. Parliamentarians reaffirm that Integrity Matters.