Astana 1IACA again highlighted the vital importance of effective international cooperation in fighting corruption at a conference in Astana, Kazakhstan last Friday. The one-day event on “Modern Anti-corruption Standards and International Cooperation Development” was organized by the Agency for Civil Service Affairs and Anti-Corruption of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Mr. Martin Kreutner, IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary, delivered a video message in which he emphasized the importance of international cooperation in combating corruption, noted the national anti-corruption efforts of Kazakhstan, and stressed the crucial role of the joint effort by the international community in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

H.E. Mr. Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), also addressed the conference via video link, and senior officials from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) made further contributions to the plenary session.

IACA was represented at the event by Mr. Jaroslaw Pietrusiewicz, Senior Officer for External Relations and Protocol, who spoke about the organization’s mandate and current activities. He also took part in a panel discussion on “Trends in combating corruption at the national and international levels” a day before the official start of the conference.

IACA has close and long-standing ties with Kazakhstan, which acceded to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization in December 2013.