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UNIS/CP/887
6 November 2015

SDGs give anti-corruption convention a new mission, says UNODC Chief at COSP6 closing

Sixth Session of the Conference of States Parties to the UN Convention against Corruption (COSP6) reinforces message that corruption's elimination is essential to the new sustainable development agenda

ST. PETERSBURG/VIENNA, 6 November 2015 (UN Information Service) - Addressing participants at the COSP6 closing, the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Yury Fedotov, said today that the Sustainable Development Goals had given the UN Convention against Corruption "renewed purpose and energy".

"The UN Convention against Corruption was already a highly innovative Convention, but with the new development agenda, we have been given a fresh sense of mission; one that we must not fail," said Mr. Fedotov.

The UNODC Chief told participants that the Implementation Review Group and other subsidiary bodies ensure that anti-corruption efforts are placed at the centre of the global development agenda.

"States Parties are openly acknowledging that preventing corruption and bribery, and the achievement of the 2030 Agenda, are mutually reinforcing. These views underline UNCAC's importance to the UN's global efforts," he said.

Nine resolutions were passed during the five days of the conference ranging from public private partnerships to addressing the needs of small island developing states. More than 30 high-level events, as well as dozens of sessions, meetings and other forms types of discussions were also held.

Mr. Fedotov, in his closing address, paid a special tribute to the President of the Conference, Alexander Konovalov, for ably guiding the proceedings over the five days, and expressed his warm gratitude to the Russian government for hosting the conference in St. Petersburg.

The UN Convention against Corruption's implementation is powered by a Review Mechanism that has enabled the training of anti-corruption experts and helped countries revise their legislation. In 2017, the Seventh Session of the Conference of States Parties to the UN Convention against Corruption will be held in Vienna, Austria.

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Conference website of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC):
http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/treaties/CAC/CAC-COSP-session6.html

Conference website of the Host Country: http://www.uncorruption.ru/en/

For further information for the media go to:
http://www.unis.unvienna.org/unis/en/events/2015/cosp6_2015.html

For further information contact:

Martin Nesirky
Spokesperson for the 6 th Session of the Conference of the States Parties
to the UN Convention against Corruption
Mobile: +7 921 437 8894 or +43 699 1459 5676
Email: martin.nesirky[at]unvienna.org

or

David Dadge
Spokesperson, UNODC
Mobile: +43 699 1459 5629
Email: david.dadge[at]unvienna.org

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