Global Conference on Anti-Corruption Reform in Small Island States
Mauritius, in collaboration with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), has been selected to host the next global conference on anti-corruption reform in small island jurisdictions. This global event is expected to be held from 17 to 21 August 2015. The participants will be members of the small island developing states (SIDS), which are also State Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC). It is expected that participants who will attend the conference will be from Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Cape Verde, Comoros, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Maldives, Sao Tomé and Principe, Seychelles, Timor-Leste, Trinidad and Tobago, as well as from the Pacific region namely from Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Vanuatu.
The overall objective of this high level conference will be to discuss the peculiar challenges faced by a small jurisdiction when combating corruption, facilitating the exchange of experiences and best practices on anti-corruption reforms in various areas such as asset declaration, whistle-blower/witness protection mechanisms, and anti-corruption in procurement, amongst others. Inputs collected at the conference will be taken on board at the Sixth Session of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption, which is to be held in early November 2015 in St. Petersburg, Russia.