Roundtable: The 2030 Agenda: Addressing corruption in support of democratic governance and sustainable development
The Office of International IDEA to the European Union, with the support of the Permanent Representation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the European Union, will organize a Roundtable on "The 2030 Agenda: Addressing corruption in support of democratic governance and sustainable development".
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which aims to end poverty and ensure lives of dignity for all, recognizes the need to fight corruption in all its aspects and calls for significant reductions in illicit financial flows, as well as for the recovery of stolen assets. To this end, Goal 16 targets include commitments to fight corruption, increase transparency, tackle illicit financial flows and improve access to justice and effective, accountable and transparent institutions.
Corruption represents a major obstacle to reaching all the SDGs as it impacts sustainable development and democratic governance. Corruption has no boundaries and it is an issue for all countries. The stability, security and development potentials of our societies are threaten by corrupt practices. They undermine the institutions and values of democracy, citizens’ confidence in democratic institutions, practices and politics, threaten political stability and allow for policy capture, and directly impact sustainable development. The fight against corruption is complex, and requires the involvement of many actors – politicians, civil society, public and private sectors – and political will.
The Roundtable will provide a platform to openly and informally exchange views on these issues, and to contribute to shaping the discussion on the accountability, follow-up and review framework of the 2030 Agenda.Questions on how to ensure accountability, promote integrity and build trust, role of oversight agencies and the media, and on innovative anti-corruption practices will be part of the discussion.
Confirmed speakers include Nadia Molenaers (University of Antwerpen), Alison Coleman (Transparency International – EU Office), Thomas Millar (DG International Cooperation and Development, European Commission), Jan Vanheukelom (ECDPM), and Gianluca Esposito (GRECO). H.E. Mr. Gonzalo Gutiérrez, Local Chair of International IDEA’s Council of Member States and Ambassador of Peru to the European Union, and Mr. Lucien Kleinjan, Deputy Permanent Representative to the Political and Security Committee at the Permanent Representation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the European Union, will formally open proceedings.