Anti-corruption activists call for unity

Hajia Sani, Omolayo Alabi

The 17th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) which was concluded on Sunday in Panama City with the theme ‘Time for Justice: Equity, Security, Trust’  has placed a call on people all over the world to unite with activists, governments, business and the media to defeat corruption and hold them to account in an era where integrity and truth are under attack.

Now more than ever before, the space for civil society and those who speak up against corruption must be defended.

The conference highlighted the plight of both groups and individuals.

The declaration stated “the time for action is now. We must partner with all anti-corruption champions and well-minded business. Together we will strengthen our web of anti-corruption activists. Together, the public sector, business and civil society will hold the corrupt to account.”

José Ugaz, a Chairperson of Transparency International who was present at the conference said “the anti-corruption movement is part of the global partnership to support the values of integrity and honesty in a world that is turning its back on truth. We need to expose the illegal networks that enable grand corruption and illicit wealth, and allow the corrupt to enjoy the benefits of their crimes.”

“The powerful and rich must be held to high standards and ethical values. Standards like, justice, truth and equity,” said Akere Muna, who is also one of the Chairpersons of the IACC.

The 18th International Anti-Corruption Conference will be held in 2018 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The conference will promote the UN Sustainable Development Goals with the goal of developing concrete actions for fighting corruption and improving living conditions in developing countries.