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The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has launched today a 3 year project to strengthen El Salvador’s institutional capacity to prevent, investigate and prosecute corruption. This project is possible thanks to the financial support of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) a department of the United States Embassy in El Salvador.

During the project launch, Mrs. Virginia de Abajo, regional anticorruption adviser for UNODC, declared that the project will position El Salvador at the forefront of the anticorruption efforts; implementing a comprehensive approach in the fight against corruption which makes this project unique in the region.

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On December 18, 2015, Christmas-themed event took place for children and their parents at the Cathedral Plaza.

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 of Transparency and Access to Information (ANTAI) together with the Accounts Prosecutor's Office and the Institutional Protection Service (SPI) shared with the children and their families an entertaining afternoon to celebrate the Christmas Holidays.

This event took place in the framework of the corruption prevention awareness campaigns, during which educational materials from the program "Values Programme" as coloring books, crayons and storybooks were distributed.

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Honoring the commitments of the second National Action Pan 2015-2017 of the Open Government Partnership (AGA), specifically milestone No. 3 of Commitment No. 10, the Regional Anti-Corruption Academy for Central America and the Caribbean (ARAC), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the National Authority for Transparency and Access to Information (ANTAI), conducted workshops to prepare a proposal for the reform of the Code of Ethics of Panamanian Public Officials.

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In order to commemorate the International Anti-Corruption Day, which takes place every December 9, the Regional Anti-Corruption Academy for Central America and the Caribbean (ARAC), joint initiative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the National Authority for Transparency and Access to Information (ANTAI), in collaboration with Ministry of Foreign Affairs, organized a symposium, held at the Yellow House of the Presidency of the Republic of Panama.

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As part of the activities scheduled to commemorate the International Anti-Corruption Day that takes place every December 9, the Regional Anti-Corruption Academy for Central America and the Caribbean (ARAC), joint initiative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the National Authority for Transparency and Access to Information (ANTAI), in collaboration with the Colegio de la Esclavas del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús and Albrook Mall, performed a Flash mob raising awareness with the diffusion of messages promoting transparency and access to information, as part of the prevention of corruption.

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In commemoration of the International Day against Corruption (December 9), the Regional Academy against Corruption for Central America and the Caribbean (ARAC) facilitated the conference titled “ Corruption, Transparency, Accountability and Information Access as new generation Human Right”.

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The Ordinary Session of the Central American and Caribbean Council of Public Ministries, in conjunction with the 40th Anniversary of the Public Ministry of Costa Rica, was held in San Jose, Costa Rica, on 25 and 27 November 2015.

Attendees at the event, included the President of the Republic of Costa Rica, H.E. Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera; the Attorney General of the Republic of Costa Rica, Mr. Jorge ChavarríaGuzmán; the Attorney General of Nicaragua, Mrs. Ana Julia Guido Ochoa; the representative of the Public Ministry of Dominican Republic, Mr. Juan Amado Cedeno; the representative of the Public Ministry of Guatemala, Mr. Luis Archila; UNODC ROPAN Regional Representative, Mr. Amado Philip de Andrés; REFCO Technical Secretary, Mr. Walter Espinoza; as well as the representatives of the Central American Integration System (SICA).

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With the objective of raising awareness and the coordination of the public and private sector in a joint strategy to prevent money-laundering, eleven public and private institutions and the United Nations combined efforts to commemorate the International Day for the Prevention of Money-Laundering, on October 29, 2015 in the Panama City, Panama.

The institutions that have joined efforts are: the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Panama (CCIAP), the Regional Anti-Corruption Academy for Central America and the Caribbean (ARAC), the Financial Analysis Unit (UAF), the Banking Association of Panama (ABP), the Superintendency of Banks (SBP), the National Authority of Transparency and Access to Information (ANTAI), the Superintendency of the Stock Market (SMV), the Intendency of Supervision of the Ministry of Economics and Finance of Panama, the Superintendency of Insurance of Panama, and the Panamanian Autonomous Cooperative Institute (IPACOOP).

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