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The IACA Center in Vienna: global efforts against corruption.

Headquarters of the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) in Laxenburg, near Vienna, Austria.

Starting from 2011, the newly International Anti-Corruption Academy IACA, an organization initiated by the government of Austria, will train specialists who work directly in the fight against corruption.

Brazil signed in Vienna the agreement creating the international academy and therefore became a founding member of the organization.

According to the brazilian interim chief minister of the Comptroller General’s Office, Luis Navarro, the international academy in Vienna will offer courses to train professionals in fighting corruption. In addition, the academy will have a shared platform for dialogue between representatives of countries that are part of the organization.

“It is a very important initiative, which was discussed on several occasions. It has a headquarter, which lies on the outskirts of Vienna, and will work with expert teachers in combating and preventing corruption. There will also be training for various audiences in advanced techniques in the area , ” Navarro said.

He said one of the goals of member countries is to create regional offices of the academy. “Brazil pleads one of these regional headquarters, but the acadedmy was newly created.  So, it should , therefore,  take a while.” The organization also has the support of UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime) and is recognized by the UN General Assembly (United Nations).

The academy will complement the technical assistance provided by UNODC to implement the UN Convention against corruption. By signing the agreement before the end of this year, Brazil will attend the Assembly of Founding Members, the supreme organ of the organization’s direction . READ MORE HERE (in portuguese)

Also, the Organization of American States (OAS) and the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) signed an agreement to collaborate in the area of fighting corruption.

The text of the agreement  between the OAS and IACA foresees joint training and research activities on the subject of preventing and fighting corruption; the exchange of knowledge and experiences, taking into account above all the developments produced in the framework of the Mechanism for Follow-up on the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC); and providing learning and training opportunities to those designated by their countries to integrate the Committee of Experts of this mechanism.

The document was signed by OAS Secretary for Legal Affairs, Jean Michel Arrighi, and the Chair of the Steering Committee of the IACA, Martin Kreutner, during the last meeting of the MESICIC, that was held in Brasilia on December 9.  The Minister of State of the Office of the Comptroller General of Brazil, Jorge Hage Sobrinho, participated as witness of honor.

The IACA was formed recently in Vienna as the outcome of efforts by the United Nations, its UNODC, the Republic of Austria, and the European Anti-Fraud Office, among others, to serve as a center of international, intercultural, interdisciplinary, and intersectoral excellence to conduct research, teaching and training against corruption. READ MORE HERE

On the other hand, the MESICIC, which began to operate in 2002, is an OAS intergovernmental body with broad opportunities of participation for civil society, established in the framework of the OAS to provide support in the implementation of the measures of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption. It is organized by the Department for Legal Cooperation of the OAS Secretariat for Legal Affairs, and also serves as a forum for the exchange of information and reciprocal cooperation among the countries that are part of it, including best practices in the prevention of and fight against corruption. READ MORE HERE