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HIGHEST NATIONAL AUTHORITIES RESPONSIBLE FOR ANTICORRUPTION COOPERATION IN THE AMERICAS HOLD MEETING IN BRAZIL

The highest national authorities responsible for anticorruption policies and programs met in Brasilia, Brazil, on December 9 and 10, 2010, at the Third Meeting of the Conference of States Parties of the Mechanism for Follow-up on Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC). This meeting was convened by Brazil in its capacity as the Chair of the Conference of States Parties of the MESICIC with the support of the OAS General Assembly as expressed at its most recent regular session.

The Conference of States Parties of the MESICIC, in addition to being the most important political forum for dealing with matters related to hemispheric cooperation for preventing and combating corruption, has the authority and general responsibility for implementing that Mechanism, as provided for in the “Report of Buenos Aires.” The first meeting of the Conference was held in April 2004, and subsequently in November 2006. The result of those two meetings was a strengthened Mechanism and the creation of the Inter-American Program for Cooperation in the Fight against Corruption.

The inaugural session of the meeting was held on December 9, International Anti-Corruption Day, and was opened by the Secretary for Legal Affairs of the OAS General Secretariat, Jean Michel Arrighi, representing the Secretary General of the Organization, and the Chief Minister of Brazil’s Federal Comptroller General’s Office, Jorge Hage Sobrinho, representing the Government of Brazil.

In addition to the delegations of the MESICIC member states, the meeting was attended by representatives of various international agencies and mechanisms that work alongside the OAS in combating corruption, such as the UN, the OECD, and GRECO, together with a substantial number of civil society organizations.

The MESICIC and the fight against corruption in our hemisphere were strengthened at this meeting, during which three new countries joined the Mechanism, Antigua and Barbuda, Haiti, and Saint Kitts and Nevis. In addition, a cooperation agreement was signed by the OAS and the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA), and important actions were agreed to, such as: conducting on-site visits; designing indicators to assess the results of the anticorruption measures adopted by the countries; exchanges of information and good practices on the topic among those countries; the further development of topics of collective interest to them, such as the promotion of corporate social responsibility; and strengthening cooperation with international organizations that work in this area, notably through the adoption of a strategy to harmonize the implementation of the Inter-American and United Nations anticorruption conventions.

The measures adopted at the Meeting are now available at the Anticorruption Portal of the Americas.


Edition N° 46 - December 2010

What is the MESICIC?

The Mechanism For Follow-up on the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption, known as MESICIC for its Spanish acronym, is a tool to support the development of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption through cooperation between States Parties.

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