The ninth session of the Conference of the States Parties (CoSP) to the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) held in the Egyptian Red Sea resort city of Sharm El-Sheikh was concluded on Friday.
The conference has agreed on eight resolutions addressing key topics in the fight against corruption, including beneficial ownership in asset recovery, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said.
The key issues touched by the resolutions also include strengthening international cooperation, education, and youth empowerment, the UNODC added.
The 2021 edition of the conference, which is held every two years, started on 13 December under the presidency of Hassan Abdel-Shafi, the chairman of Egypt’s Administrative Control Authority.
The conference reviewed the implementation of the UNCAC – the only legally binding universal anti-corruption instrument – and discussed preventing corruption and improving international cooperation to better tackle corruption and asset recovery.
More than 2,100 people have attended the conference from across the world, either virtually or in-person, Executive Director of the UNODC Ghada Waly told the state’s news agency MENA on Friday.
A number of presidents of countries as well as 50 ministers, 40 heads of anti-corruption bodies, representatives of more than 500 civil society organisations, and 47 research centres partook in the conference.
The sessions discussed a number of issues to confront corruption, including safeguarding sports from corruption, the gender dimensions of corruption, and recovering with integrity from the pandemic.
The conference has accepted a request by the United States to host the coming CoSP, which is scheduled for 2023, Waly added to MENA.
The Sharm El-Sheikh conference is “an important global milestone for improving international cooperation against corruption and helping the world recover with integrity from the pandemic,” the UN information service said ahead of the conference.
The UN has expected the conference to also support efforts to “restore public trust, strengthen effective institutions, promote sustainable development, recover with integrity from the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure economic and political stability.”
Egypt’s Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly delivered an in-person speech during the opening of the conference, calling for improving citizens’ quality of life to curb the spread of corruption.
A number of Egyptian ministers, including Minister of Planning and Economic Development Hala El-Said, Minister of Emigration and Expatriate Affairs Nabila Makram, Minister of International Cooperation Rania Al-Mashat, and Minister of Youths and Sports Ashraf Sobhy attended the opening.
CoSP is one of the world’s largest anti-corruption gatherings and brings together people from member states, parliaments, inter-governmental organisations, civil society and the private sector.