On 22 and 23 June 2017, the Regional Anti-Corruption Academy for Central America and the Caribbean (ARAC) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC ROPAN) provided a course to the directors and supervisors of the Electoral Tribunal of Panama.
The 26th Commission on Crime and Criminal Justice offered the opportunity for UNODC to express the necessity of partnering with civil society to effectively fight organized crime and drug trafficking. The side event ''Partnering with civil society in anti-corruption efforts to fight organized crime'' was held on 24 May 2017, at UNODC in Vienna.
"Criminals rely on corruption to serve the successful outcomes of their illicit activities. Organized crime and corruption are a transnational phenomenon which needs a common response.''
On 9 May 9 2017, a Values Workshop was held under the "Education for Justice" programme at Carmen Sole Bosch College, Panama City, Panama.
The activity was developed by the Regional Anti-Corruption Academy for Central America and the Caribbean (ARAC), an initiative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the National Authority for Transparency and Access to Information (ANTAI), in conjunction with the Public Accounts Prosecutor's Office and the National Police.
As a result of the recent accession of Belize to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) hosted a multi-sectoral workshop from 3 to 4 May 2017 in Belize City.
On 26 April 2017, the II Seminar on Public Procurement was held by the Electoral Tribunal of Panama. The Presiding Magistrate, Heriberto Araúz Sánchez, delivered the opening remarks, highlighting the need of transparency in public procurement, as well as the inter-institutional efforts carried out to achieve this objective.
The United Nations Convention against Corruption is the only global instrument to combat corruption. It was ratified by the Republic of Panama in 2005 and has 181 States Parties to date, being a quasi-universal instrument.
On 22 March 2017, the Regional Anti-Corruption Academy for Central America and the Caribbean (ARAC) offered the course titled "Anti-corruption Ethics and Compliance Programme for Business" at the Colon Chamber of Commerce.
2 February 2017 – UNODC in the framework of CRIMJUST programme, organized a workshop focusing on “Institutional Integrity: A key building block in strengthening criminal investigation and cooperation along the Cocaine Route”, from 31 January to 1 February 2017, in Panama City.