2017 Programme

Annual Democracy Forum 2017

21 November 2017
Lima, Peru
Corruption: A threat towards a democracy of quality

Annual Democracy Forum 2017 Programme
Corruption: A threat towards a democracy of quality

Introduction Every year the Chair of the Council of Member States of International IDEA, in collaboration with the International IDEA Secretariat, organizes the Annual Democracy Forum. The Forum is a global event that brings together International IDEA Member States and partners, politicians, policymakers, civil society and representatives of academia from around the world to discuss a specific issue linked to democracy and formulate recommendations and policy proposals to advance that issue.

As the Chair of International IDEA in 2017, the Government of Peru, together with International IDEA and in partnership with the Catholic University of Peru, has organized the 2017 Annual Democracy Forum in Lima, Peru on 21 November. The theme this year is “Corruption: a threat towards a democracy of quality”.

A quality democracy enables the self-fulfillment of its citizens in an environment of freedom and development. It assumes that human rights and the rule of law are in force and that the minimum material conditions exist for all citizens to pursue their life ambitions. However, the ideals of democracy now face a serious and constant threat: corruption.

Societies’ potential for stability, security and development is threatened by corrupt practices. Corruption undermines the institutions and values of democracy, directly affects sustainable development by diverting large amounts of resources from citizens and the State, threatens political stability and the rule of law, and is often associated with organized crime, economic crime and money laundering.

Corruption has led citizens to lose confidence in democratic institutions and politics, weakening political institutions and directly affecting the services they provide to citizens.

Democractic order is particularly threatened when those who are representative of the people—parties, parliaments, elected officials—are involved in corrupt practices. Corrupt practices have a corrosive effect on the foundations of society and the democratic freedoms that the State is obligated to protect.

Combating corruption is a complex task that requires not only political will at all levels of government, but also a diversity of political stakeholders, including civil society and the private sector It is important to gain commitment from business people at all levels to combat corruption, which seriously affects the country's business culture; the medium- and long-term profitability of business; and the relationship between businesses and their shareholders, directors, employees and the public.

As the Chair of International IDEA, one of Peru’s goals is to promote reflection, discussion and the sharing of ideas about the dynamics between corruption and politics. It also hopes to identify relevant actions to create institutional frameworks of integrity, as well as effective strategies for combating corruption. These goals contribute to an overall objective to cooperate in the strengthening of institutions and the rule of law and to increase public trust in democracy.

21 November 2017

Schedule Session  
  Antonio García Revilla, Ambassador
Yves Leterme, International IDEA Secretary General
Marcial Rubio, Rector of the PUCP
Opening of Round Tables
Format: Presentations by four panelists (10 minutes each), followed by dialogue with an active moderator, who will end with a brief synopsis.
10.00 – 10.20 Coffee and tea break  
  Key ideas: impact of corruption on public trust in the representative political system. Impact on electoral processes, political parties, financing of political campaigns, elected representatives, the public agenda and public policy priorities.
  • Iván Velásquez - Guatemala
    Commissioner, International Commission against Impunity.
  • José Ugaz - Peru
    Former President, Transparency International.
  • Rafael Roncagliolo – Peru
    Former Foreign Minister.
  • Carmen Masias – Peru
    Director, Commission for Development and Life Without Drugs - DEVIDA
  • Allan Wagner - Peru
    Former Foreign Minister, Director of the Diplomatic Academy

Daniel Zovatto - Argentina
Regional Director for LAC, International IDEA
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch  
  Key ideas: Government measures and best practices for avoiding conflicts of interest, influence peddling, favoritism in public works and capture of the State by de facto and illegal powers. Models of regulation and self-regulation. Measures and policies of businesses and business associations.
  • Andrea Murta - Brazil
    Director Bussiness US, JOTA
  • Daniel Freund - Belgium
    Head of Advocacy EU Integrity at Transparency International.
  • Jorge Medina – Peru
    President, NGO Proética, Peruvian Chapter of Transparency International
  • Roque Benavides – Peru
    President, National Confederation of Private Bussineses

Yván Montoya - Peru
Professor PUCP, former Head of the Extradition Unit of the Anti-Corruption Attorney's Office.
15:00 - 15:15 Coffee and tea break  
  Key ideas: Frameworks for institutional integrity, codes of conduct, transparency, access to information, encouraging accountability, examples of effective experiences, best practices, legislation and computerized tools.
  • Eduardo Engel - Chile
    Former President of Chile's Presidential Advisory Council for combating conflicts of interest, influence peddling and corruption - CHILE
  • Eduardo Vega - Peru
    Former President of the Presidential Commission on Integrity and former Ombudsman
  • Michael Speiser – Belgium
    Director of Human Rights and Constitutional Affairs, European Parliament

Walter Albán - Peru
Executive Secretary, Proética, Former Ombudsman
16.30 Closing  


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