Five Years After Palestine’s Accession to the UN's Convention Against Corruption

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In cooperation between SHAMS and FNF, The Palestine Accession to the United Nations Convention against Corruption Conference was held on 12 November 2019 at Grand Park Hotel in Ramallah.

The activity involved an interactive brainstorming conference on the State of Palestine’s efforts in the harmonization and enforcement of the UNCAC. Following the opening speech of the Chairman of the Anti-Corruption Commission, the conference took the format of a research, analytical and interactive activity, held for 5 and half hours starting from 9:30 am until 3:00 pm, over the course of two sessions in addition to the opening session. In each session, research papers were presented addressing titles relevant to the objective of the conference, underlying the UNCAC followed by observations of the commentators and the audience debate. The papers addressed: Enhancing cooperation and partnership between official and civil efforts to promote the values ​​of integrity and combating corruption, the relationship between corruption and the respect for human rights, equal opportunities and the rule of law, the extent to which the State of Palestine complies with the requirements of the United Nations Convention against Corruption through legislative, executive and judicial measures, the extent to which the national cross-sectorial strategy for promoting integrity and combating corruption of 2020-2022 is harmonized with the United Nations Convention against Corruption. Also, the role of media in promoting and raising awareness on the United Nations Convention against Corruption, the central role of universities and the academics, in 6 papers presented by official, civil, media and academic organizations & entities.

The ultimate goal of the conference was to come up with recommendations that contribute to reforming the anti-corruption environment in Palestine and making it more effective. In addition to combine these recommendations, develop it and turn it into lobbying and advocacy strategies in the future, in coordination with official bodies towards its implementation and taking it into consideration.