Second Anti-Corruption Academic Initiative Symposium

Second Anti-Corruption Academic Initiative Symposium

21 November 2019

November 21st, MGIMO hosted the II Symposium of the United Nations Anti-Corruption Academic Initiative (ACAD) on anti-corruption and education. The event is jointly organized by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and MGIMO, ahead of the eighth meeting of the Conference of the States parties to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption, which is scheduled to take place in Abu Dhabi this December.

During the opening ceremony, UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov conveyed his greetings to participants with a video message. Guests were also welcomed by MGIMO’s Vice-Rector A.Malgin, the Ambassador-at-large of the Russian Foreign Ministry A.Avetisyan, the Vice-President of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry E.Dybova, the representative of the State Duma Committee on Security and Anti-Corruption A.Vyborny, the Acting-Head of the Anti-Corruption Legislation Supervision Department of the Russian Prosecutor General's Office A.Yusufov, the Director of MGIMO’s European Studies Institute, Evaluator of the 5th round of the Group of States Against Corruption of the Council of Europe T.Shashikhina, the Deputy Chairman of the Russian UN Association, Vice-President of the World Federation of UN Associations and Head of the UNESCO Chair at MGIMO A.Borisov, and Giovanni Gallo, Senior Legal Adviser at the Office of the Executive Director of UNODC.

The Symposium gathered experts from the states parties to the UN Convention Against Corruption, from Austria, Estonia, Turkey, China, Great Britain, India and Qatar.

During the meeting, participants mulled over some of the central issues in the sphere of anti-corruption research and education, looking for ways to promote the work of ACAD.

A myriad of topics were discussed during the Symposium including the United Nations Convention Against Corruption and the role academics could play in the fight against corruption, international and national anti-corruption norms and rules, fighting corruption in the private sector, recent trends in anti-corruption research, UNODC educational projects to combat corruption and combatting corruption in sport.

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