Minister for Development Cooperation Ulla Tørnæs will next year on behalf of Denmark host the world’s biggest anti-corruption conference, International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC18). The conference will take place in Bella Center 22-24 October 2018.
The conference will focus on anti-corruption in development cooperation and is arranged in cooperation with Transparency International and the International Anti-Corruption Conference Council.
“It is natural to have this conference in the least corrupt country in the world, and I am looking forward to welcome more than 1,000 participants to the Bella Center,” says Minister for Development Cooperation Ulla Tørnæs and continues:
“Corruption is a significant barrier for fostering development – it is a parasite that undermines the desires of countries to promote democracy, economic growth and stability. Fighting corruption is therefore a prerequisite for the realization of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.”
In addition to a series of workshops, side-events and plenary debates, IACC18 will feature a high level segment with participation of ministers from donor and developing countries as well as UN and the World Bank, a dialogue between parliamentarians and a private sector segment with multinational corporations.
“Because corruption affects so many aspects of our work, it is important that we involve a broad range of actors, e.g. governments and parliaments as well as private enterprises, civil society and the media. Next year’s conference will serve as a platform for this diverse group of stake holders to join forces in the global fight against corruption,” says Ulla Tørnæs.
For several consecutive years Denmark has been ranked as the least corrupt country in the world on Transparency Internationals Corruption Perceptions Index measuring perceived corruption in the public sector. The index is published annually based on a range of expert assessments by the World Bank, World Economic Forum and Economist Intelligence Unit and others. Denmark has been ranked at first place since 2012, the first couple of years and 2016 together with other countries and in 2014 and 2015 alone.
International Anti-Corruption Conference has a recurrent event been held since 1983 together with different host nations. The conference has attracted Heads of States, scientists, media and representatives from both civil society and the private sector.
In relation to IACC18 Denmark is entering into a strategic partnership with Transparency International, which involves a doubling up of the annual core contribution in 2017 and expectedly also in 2018.
For further information please contact: Anne Møller Ege, tlf. +45 41532526