Background

The Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Yury Fedotov, introduced the Institutional Integrity Initiative to the Board, explaining that it aimed at aligning the integrity rules and regulations of CEB members with the relevant principles of the United Nations Convention against Corruption.

While voluntary in nature, the Institutional Integrity Initiative provided an opportunity for the United Nations to lead by example in the fight against corruption and to publicize the significant integrity efforts of all CEB members. 116. Mr. Fedotov emphasized that the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption had continually requested CEB members to take this Initiative forward and that the G-20 had also recently called for it to be fully implemented.

Following an initial request in 2007 for the integrity policies of all CEB members, the compilation of this information was yet to be completed. The Executive Director therefore underlined that, in order to successfully take forward the Initiative, the support and input of all CEB members was required, and encouraged those members that had not responded yet to do so as soon as possible.

Mr. Fedotov concluded by saying that UNODC intended to kick-start the Initiative with a fast track process so as to complete it within one year, with the support of CEB members. CEB/2012/1 22 12-35865 119. This process would include three steps: (a) completion of the collection of information on CEB members’ integrity rules and procedures; (b) collation of responses into an integrity report, outlining good practices, common approaches and areas where greater convergence of integrity rules with the principles of the Convention might be possible; and (c) production of an integrity protocol or declaration for CEB members, containing a broad commitment from CEB members to ensure that their integrity policies reflect the underlying principles of the Convention.

 

Action

The Board took note of the Institutional Integrity Initiative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and committed to fully participate in the Initiative.