UN-backed anti-corruption academy launched in Vienna

22:18, September 03, 2010      

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Austrian Minister of the Interior and president of the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) Maria Fekter (2nd R) delivers a speech at the inaugural conference of IACA at Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Austria, Sept. 2, 2010.(Xinhua/Xu Liang)

A UN-backed anti-corruption academy was launched in Vienna Thursday with the presence of UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon and other dignitaries from around the world.

The opening of the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) was a "milestone" in the world's anti-corruption course, Ban said in a keynote speech at the academy's inaugural conference at the Hofburg Conference Centre.

More than 600 delegates from 90 countries attended the meeting, including governmental officials, businessmen, members of nongovernmental organizations as well as anti-corruption experts.

"Traditional methods are proving no match for new types of corruption, especially financial crimes," said Ban, adding that current training programs lack specialization and the academy will provide new tools to tackle "technical corruption to the fullest possible extent."

He said the anti-graft task is confronted with a lot of challenges including the difficulty in measuring corruption, and therefore the launch of IACA will help academic research in this area and provide reference standards for global anti-corruption campaign.

Both Austrian Foreign Minister Spindelegger and Interior Minister Fekter said corruption is a huge obstacle to social development, and the establishment of IACA demonstrates the international commitment to the course of combating corruption and related crimes.

According to an agreement signed by representatives from more than 30 countries at Thursday's conference, the academy will become an international organization by the summer of 2011.

The academy, located in Laxenburg near Vienna, is the first of its kind in the world. It's a joint initiative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Austrian government, the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) and other stakeholders aimed at overcoming current shortcomings in knowledge and practice in the field of anti-corruption.

Source: Xinhua


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