Brussels, 28 August 2009 - Caritas Europa has recently joined a group of 14 faith-based organisations in their call to the EU to strongly support the forthcoming review of the UN Convention Against Corruption. An important moment in this process will be the Conference of States parties scheduled in Doha for November of this year.
The group has sent a joint letter to the Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt who is currently chairing the EU Presidency listing five major demands:
The UN Convention Against Corruption is the first global treaty providing a framework to harmonise anti-corruption efforts worldwide
Caritas Internationalis also joint international efforts in calling for action on stamping out global corruption while a meeting of the UNCAC Working Group on a Review Mechanism was held in Vienna this week.
In a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon over 50 faith leaders and agency directors said corruption is a major cause of poverty in developing countries and a major barrier to overcoming it. They said both rich and poor countries have a responsibility to deal with this issue.
Two essential elements for a credible and effective review mechanism are transparency and the participation of civil society. Therefore, the letter emphasises that "A review mechanism founded upon the principles of transparency and civil society participation is necessary in order to send a clear signal to poor communities that those they have entrusted with power and responsibility are ready and willing to end the scourge of corruption for the benefit of all”.
However, in order for this convention to lead to real changes, an effective monitoring system needs to be put in place including a system enabling governments to regularly report on their implementation and receive feed back on how they are progressing.
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