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The G20 estimates that 90 trillion US dollars in infrastructure investment is required between 2015 and 2030 to support global growth and development. To protect this investment corruption's destructive impact should not be ignored. There needs to be a wholehearted and determined contribution to global anticorruption efforts from the world's public and private sectors.

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1 December 2016 - The creation of a Global Judicial Integrity Network moved a step closer to being realized this week as UNODC held its first regional preparatory meeting for Latin America and the Caribbean in the Panamanian capital. Once live, the Network will bring together Chief Justices and members of judicial bodies from across the world and will be the first ever global platform dedicated exclusively to upholding judicial integrity and preventing corruption within the justice system.

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On 28 October, a symposium was organized by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for Central America and the Caribbean (UNODC ROPAN), the Financial Analysis Unit (UAF), the Superintendence of Banks (SP), the Superintendence of Insurances and Reinsurances, the Superintendence of the Stock Market Panama (SMV), the Intendance for the Supervision and Regulation of Non Financial Entities, the Panamanian Autonomous Cooperative Institute (IPACOOP), the Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Panama (CCIAP),as well as the Banking Association of Panama (ABP).

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Corruption poses a serious threat to the rule of law and sustainable development worldwide. It has a disproportionate and destructive effect on the most vulnerable populations, while it is harmful to business.


The United Nations Convention against Corruption, the main global instrument against corruption, addresses activities of the private sector. Today, the Convention includes 180 State Parties committed to implement measures to prevent corruption in the private sector, enhance accounting and auditing standards and, when appropriate, apply sanctions for noncompliance.

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The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), as the guardian of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) is responsible for the Implementation Review Mechanism of the UNCAC, to which all States Parties must submit.

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From 24 to 26 August 2016, the Ministry of Public Security and its National Integrated System of Criminal Statistics Department, the European Union, the Inter-American Development Bank and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), organized the 5th International Crime Congress in Panama City, Panama.

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From 2 to 3 August 2016, the "Operational workshop on Investigating and Prosecuting Trafficking in Persons" was delivered by the Human Trafficking Team of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC ROPAN) in Panama City, Panama.

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From 11 to 15 July 2016, staff of the Regional Anti-Corruption Academy for Central America and the Caribbean (ARAC) and the Office of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC ROPAN) visited Granada in order to implement a series of anti-corruption activities.

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