Framing the Global Solutions

Day 1: 7 November

Opening plenary, setting the stage

Mobilising People: Connecting Agents of Change. Are we ready?

Ensuring that the fight against corruption reaches the point of no return

During the 14th IACC in 2010 the global anti-corruption movement agreed that the way  forward is to fight corruption by empowering, mobilising and connecting people from all sectors and countries, with an emphasis on women, young people and vulnerable groups. Since then movements in countries from north and south, notably in the Middle East, are testimony to the speed and strength in which people are standing up against corruption and impunity. People power is breaking the walls between countries, sectors, gender and generations. What have we learned from these movements? Are we ready to harness people power and take our fight to the point of no return?

During this session activists, leaders and experts will discuss key insights learned from this global awakening and provide recommendations on how the anti-corruption movement can connect with and support the movements and individuals around the world that are changing the rules of the game beyond a point of no return.

Plenary I

Ending impunity: Are we any closer?

The time to implement an integrated response against impunity has come

Impunity fuels human rights violations, organised crime and corruption spreading violence and fear across societies. By undermining the rule of law, it constitutes a major threat to political and economic stability across the world. After nearly three decades of fighting corruption, to what extent have our efforts to end impunity been effective?

Notable actors from civil society, the judiciary and the public and private sectors are pushing for groundbreaking solutions to end this global challenge sometimes at great risk: Whistle-blowing, public interest litigation, investigative journalism and non-violent movements among many other examples have proven to be effective against impunity.

By exploring the impact of game changing solutions this session will discuss the key conditions for an integrated approach towards ending impunity and call relevant actors from all sectors to contribute and participate in the design and implementation of an integrated response against impunity.

Day 2: 8 November

Plenary II

After Rio+20: On course to a sustainable, corruption-free future?

Ensuring that Rio+20 delivers by addressing social and environmental injustice

Sustainability means economic growth, social wellbeing and environmental protection. Corruption threatens to unravel progress on all three. At this year’s Rio+20 conference on sustainable development UN member states unanimously recognised that tackling corruption is essential to setting our planet on a sustainable course. Our task now is to make that pledge practically possible.

How can we best ensure that money invested in poverty alleviation, food programmes or climate adaptation is not lost to embezzlement or vested interests? What safeguards are needed to ensure that renewable energy projects mean jobs for local communities rather than displacement? Can we guarantee the integrity of carbon markets? And does forest conservation stand a chance against such a rampant trade in illegal logging?

This session will invite leaders and practitioners from all sectors to discuss the Rio+20 outcomes and provide key recommendations to ensure a transparent and mutually accountable commitment to green growth and poverty alleviation.”


Day 3: 9 November

Plenary III

Dirty Money: A stolen future. How to restore people’s trust?

Ensuring that transparency and accountability drive the world of money

In the world of money and its intersection with politics greed, secrecy and corruption benefit a minority while robbing the majority of hope for a better future. Today in the struggle for economic recovery the pressure to weaken the current regulatory and enforcement mechanisms is greater than ever, bringing new risks of corruption in the financial markets and in trade and investment be it domestic or international.

Despite this, the demand for and value of effective transparency and accountability is greater than ever before. Progressively, efforts are being made to return stolen assets to their countries, corporations around the world are standing up against corruption and a growing number of initiatives and actors, including commitments made by the G20 group, are setting standards which multi sector coalitions, private actors and governments are joining and thus becoming the drivers of the solution.

By discussing pioneering strategies and highlighting what really works against dirty money, the sessions under this global solutions stream aim to identify key actions that the private sector, governments, international organisations and civil society must take on to ensure that transparency and accountability standards are rooted and practiced with integrity in the world of money to restore people’s trust in a sustainable and equitable recovery.

Special Plenary

Corruption in Sports: Why the Penalty to Society?

From fans to champions: It’s time to blow the whistle

The two biggest sporting events in the world are coming to Brazil. They bring with them huge corruption challenges, which must be addressed head on to ensure these global events leave a positive legacy for the people of Brazil while enhancing the image of sports around the world.

Sports brings development opportunities, strengthens social ties and when used as a force for good provides a way for people, especially young people, to embrace the spirit of fair play and achievement that will have a positive effect on society in the future. But like any big business, the sporting world is vulnerable to corruption. Match-fixing, conflicts of interests, cronyism, kickbacks, extortion and bribery are all forms of bad sportsmanship that hit the headlines hurting the image of sports in all aspects.

A multi-stake holder group, including the Brazilian government, knows this and is working together on Jogos Limpos, or clean games initiative, to ensure that the World Cup 2014 and the Olympic Games 2016 have a positive effect for the people of Brazil and sport worldwide.

This plenary will take a critical look at governance structures in the sporting world and their relationship with money, power and society and will set the necessary standards for the games in Brazil and future events to stay clean and be real Jogos Limpos.

Day 4: 10 November

Plenary IV

People Power, Transitions and Corruption: What is our role?

Ensuring political transitions lead to fair and transparent governments

As in previous political transitions the regime changes in the Arab region and beyond have shown us that sustained collective pressure is fundamental to ensure positive change. But power shifts do not necessarily lead to transparent and accountable governance systems that respect and promote human rights. Political transitions are long and unstable processes and corruption can always derail them.

Corrupt power always fights back and through history too many countries around the world have learned this lesson the hard way. What is our role to ensure that shifts of power do lead to positive change, the promotion of human rights and to transparent and accountable systems of governance?

This plenary session will involve the audience in understanding the challenges and risks inherent in transition processes, and the risks posed by corrupt powers. We will draw lessons from Latin American, Eastern and Central Europe, Middle East, African and Asian countries in order to identify key areas of engagement in support of people powered transitions around the world.

Closing Plenary

Defining our future: Collectively shaping the global governance agenda

Fighting corruption links all people and countries. A global governance agenda is the next step towards positive change

In an increasingly interdependent world, humanity’s most pressing challenges are interconnected by the scourge of corruption. The reconfiguration of the geopolitical order brings into question whether our current dislocated, and in some cases inefficient, constellation of governance systems and institutions can bring solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.

To define our collective mission, this 15th IACC closing plenary will initiate a multi-sector exchange on how a global governance agenda that binds us all in a transparent, inclusive and mutually accountable relationship should look like. Keeping a clear focus on our shared responsibility to work towards a fair and sustainable future, this session will draw from key conclusions from the Conference previous plenary and workshop sessions, and will produce recommendations for what an integrated global governance agenda should be.