On April 1st 2015, Grenada confirmed its accession to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), joining the 175 States Parties that have taken the firm commitment to undertake efforts to prevent and fight this transnational phenomenon that affects both democracy and sustainable development.
In order to welcome Grenada and initiate the Mechanism for the Review of the Implementation of the UNCAC in their legislation, the Regional Office of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for Central America and the Caribbean (UNODC ROPAN), together with the Regional Anti-Corruption Academy for Central America and the Caribbean (ARAC) held a workshop in Saint-George, on July 27 and 28, 2015.
During the months of June and July, the Regional Anti-Corruption Academy for Central America and the Caribbean (ARAC) facilitated two courses entitled "Corruption and Human Rights" in Panama City.
The training aimed at introducing participants to the anti-corruption field, with an overview of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) and its interpretation in line with human rights.
The nature of the UNCAC is fundamentally programmatic. However, in addition to establishing rights, it was inspired by the guidelines of international human rights instruments. Hence it is important to interpret the UNCAC in accordance with human rights treaties and international standards.
From July 1st to 3rd 2015, the Regional Anticorruption Academy for Central America and the Caribbean (ARAC) sponsored the workshops “Anticorruption Measures and Policies: A Critical Discussion” and “Corruption and Anticorruption: A Sectorial Approach” in Panama City, Panama.
The training’s objective, in its first phase, was to perform an analysis of the different anticorruption measures and policies implemented since the 90’s, a period in which corruption was starting to be debated in the global political agendas. In this sense, the achievements and difficulties of these mechanisms were evaluated.
On May 29, 2015, Mrs. Virginia Marqués de Abajo, Regional Advisory of Anti-Corruption to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Central America and the Caribbean (ROPAN UNODC), presented the first draft of the reform of the Law 59 of 1999 on asset declarations and illicit enrichment, to the authorities, to support this important legislative initiative.
On May 23, 2015, the Regional Anti-Corruption Academy for Central America and the Caribbean (ARAC), the Catholic University Santa Maria la Antigua (USMA), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Central America and the Caribbean (UNODC ROPAN) and the National Authority of Transparency and Access to Information (Antai), inaugurated the second edition of the Diploma in "Measures for Prevention and Fight against Corruption".
From May 18-20, 2015, a seminar was held on the law and practice in respect of the Treaties for Latin America. It was organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Paraguay, in collaboration with the Treaties Section of the Office of Legal Affairs of the United Nations, in the city of Asuncion, Paraguay.
The Regional Anti-Corruption Academy for Central America and the Caribbean (ARAC) supported this initiative with a special segment submitted by Ms. Cristina Ritter, which focused on the United Nations Convention against Corruption, its mechanism for the review of implementation and the conclusions of the 13th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice.
During the months of March and April 2015, the Regional Anti-Corruption Academy for Central America and the Caribbean (ARAC) facilitated three Basic Anti-Corruption Courses for Ethics Officers in Panama City. The trainings were given by Mr. Armando Padilla, an anti-corruption expert, and catered to a group of one hundred an fifty-six (156) officials, who were appointed as Ethics Officers by the following Panamanian institutions:
On May 5 2015, ARAC staff met with members of the Comptroller General's Office, the Ministry of Education, the Accounts Prosecutor's Office and the National Police to organize a campaign to promote values at the primary school level, which will be launched this year, with the children's characters of each institution.