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III Summit of the Americas

The Third Summit of the Americas, which took place in Quebec City, Canada in April 2001, culminated in the Declaration of Quebec City and the adoption of a corresponding Plan of Action.  Below, are the portions of each document relating specifically to the fight against corruption:

Declaration of Quebec City (excerpt)

We, the democratically elected Heads of State and Government of the Americas, have met in Quebec City at our Third Summit, to renew our commitment to hemispheric integration and national and collective responsibility for improving the economic well-being and security of our people. We have adopted a Plan of Action to strengthen representative democracy, promote good governance and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms.* We seek to create greater prosperity and expand economic opportunities while fostering social justice and the realization of human potential…

...Acknowledging that corruption undermines core democratic values, challenges political stability and economic growth and thus threatens vital interests in our Hemisphere, we pledge to reinvigorate our fight against corruption. We also recognize the need to improve the conditions for human security in the Hemisphere...

Plan of Action (excerpt)

To strengthen democracy, create prosperity and realize human potential, our Governments will:


Fight Against Corruption

Recognizing that corruption gravely affects democratic political institutions and the private sector, weakens economic growth and jeopardizes the basic needs and interests of a country’s most underprivileged groups, and that the prevention and control of these problems are the responsibility of government as well as legislative and judicial institutions:

            Consider signing and ratifying, ratifying, or acceding to, as soon as possible and as the case may   be, the Inter-American Convention Against Corruption, in accordance with their respective legal frameworks, and promote effective implementation of the Convention by means of, inter alia, the        Inter-American Program for Cooperation in the Fight Against Corruption and associated technical        cooperation programs and activities, including those of relevant multilateral organizations and           MDBs, in the area of good governance and in the fight against corruption, as well as programs             which each country designs and implements in accordance with national laws, by its own appropriate bodies that may require assistance;

            Support the establishment as soon as possible, taking into consideration the recommendation of    the OAS, of a follow-up mechanism for the implementation of the Inter-American Convention     Against Corruption by States Parties to this instrument;

Support strengthening the Inter-American Network of Institutions and Experts in the Fight Against Corruption in the context of the OAS, as well as initiatives aimed at strengthening cooperation among ethics officials and members of civil society;

Strengthen, in cooperation with multilateral organizations and MDBs, where appropriate, the participation of civil society in the fight against corruption, by means of initiatives that promote the organization, training and linkage of citizens groups in the context of concrete projects which promote transparency and accountability in governance;

Continue to promote policies, processes and mechanisms that protect the public interest, the use of disclosure of assets mechanisms for public officials in order to avoid possible conflicts of interest and incompatibilities, as well as other measures that increase transparency…


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