Koror, Palau – Senators and House Delegates in the Northern Pacific island nation of Palau held a consultation on Anti-corruption to engage more strongly with the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC).
“The United Nations Joint Presence Initiative (UNJPI) in Palau is strongly supporting the work of the UN Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption (UN-PRAC) Project in conducting this consultation and this has fostered a strong commitment from Congress members in Palau similar to what we’ve seen in other Pacific parliaments,” said UN Coordination Officer in Palau, Sharon O. Sakuma.
Members of the Senate and the House Delegates, Legal Counsels and Olbiil Era Kelulau (OEK) staff attended the Joint United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and Global Organization of Parliamentarians against Corruption (GOPAC) consultation on strengthening anti-corruption efforts.
“The more we are open and transparent as a nation, government and parliament, the more we can contribute to creating a society where everyone gains maximum benefit from our economy, tourism and resources,” said Hon. Camsek E. Chin, President of the Senate, in opening the consultation.
Hon. Alexander Merep, Vice Speaker, House of Delegates, said that increased transparency must be accompanied by heightened accountability. “We also welcome the opportunity in this consultation to receive a presentation by Palau Ombudsman Francis Llecholch on a proposed Ombudsman Bill for Palau,” said Vice Speaker Merep.
UN-PRAC Adviser Annika Wythes emphasized that “Parliamentarians have a key role to play in preventing and indeed fight corruption, often leading by example.”
GOPAC Oceania chair and UN-PRAC Anti-Corruption Consultant John Hyde added that there was strong interest from Senators and House of Delegates on learning about best practices and the role of parliamentarian-driven initiatives to build integrity and oversight of government.
The Australian Government is supporting the UN Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption (UN-PRAC) Project, a four-year USD$4.3m project in the 15 Pacific nations being implemented by UNODC-UNDP.
Emily Moli, UNDP Knowledge Communications Analyst, tel: (679) 3227 504; email: email@example.com