Morocco participates in the review of the "Sharm el-Sheikh Declaration" in Egypt

The work of an international meeting of international experts concerned with the United Nations Convention against Corruption began on Monday in Cairo, at the initiative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

Morocco is represented at this meeting by MM. Abdelaziz El Hawari and Youssef Moatadi, from the National Authority for Probity, Prevention and the Fight against Corruption.

The program of this two-day meeting, which takes place in the presence of Bridget Strobel Shaw, Head of the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crime Branch of UNODC, representatives of 30 countries and numerous international organizations and experts, includes review of the implementation of the Sharm el-Sheikh Declaration on Combating Corruption in Emergencies and in Crisis Response and Recovery.

The meeting will also discuss measures to prevent and combat corruption in emergencies, through multilateral international cooperation, and ways to improve the multilateral response to obstacles facing international cooperation and aid. financial institution, in addition to presenting reports to the plenary session and compiling the most important recommendations.

The Conference of States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption had adopted the ”Sharm el-Sheikh Declaration on Strengthening International Cooperation in Preventing and Combating Corruption in Emergency Situations, Crisis Response and Recovery” in the decisions of the Ninth Session of the Assembly in December 2021.

The conference called on the intergovernmental meeting of experts to collect and analyze information provided by States Parties on best practices and challenges related to international cooperation.

The Declaration adopted decisions on key issues such as beneficial ownership in asset recovery, international and regional cooperation, education and empowerment of young people, and strengthening cooperation between oversight institutions and anti-corruption authorities.

Entering into force in December 2005, the United Nations Convention against Corruption is the only legally binding global instrument against the crime of corruption. It has achieved near universal compliance and has been ratified by 189 countries.

Under the convention, states are legally bound to prevent and criminalize corruption, strengthen international cooperation, recover and return looted funds, and improve technical assistance and information exchange in the public and private sectors. .

The United Nations Convention against Corruption is strengthened by the Convention’s Implementation Review Mechanism, which began in 2010 to cover the Convention’s chapters on criminalization, law enforcement and international cooperation, while the second review cycle started in 2015 and covers the chapters on preventive measures and asset recovery.

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