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"Planet Integrity: Building a Fairer Society" OECD Global Anti-Corruption & Integrity Forum 2018

Representing the Austrian Federal Bureau of Anti-Corruption (BAK), Mrs Martina Koger, Head of the Department of Prevention, Education and International Cooperation, and additionally, one staff member of the BAK Prevention Unit participated in several events hosted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris from 26 to 28 March 2018.

Mrs Koger and an official of the Federal Ministry for Civil Service and Sports (BMÖDS) represented Austria at the OECD "Meeting of the Working Party of Senior Public Integrity Officials” (SPIO) on 26 March 2018. The Working Party, consisting of anti-corruption and integrity experts from various different OECD Member Countries, convenes regularly to exchange best practices and draw up OECD recommendations for targeted implementation of nationwide corruption prevention measures. Delegates presented and discussed campaigns or other activities to implement integrity strategies. Mrs Koger also presented national measures to promote integrity.

In parallel, and for the first time ever, the OECD had arranged for an "Auditors Launch Meeting”; the member of the BAK Prevention Unit attended the Meeting, which was all about plans for the creation of a platform for auditors allowing them to retrieve examples of best practices and experts’ contacts.
This year, the Integrity Forum, annually hosted by the OECD, took place from 27 to 28 March. OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría started off the debate with a welcoming speech. Keynote speakers included Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway, Katrín Jakobsdóttir, Prime Minister of Iceland, Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the European Commission, and Gabriela Michetti, Vice President of Argentina.

During his speech, Mr. Gurría warned the audience against the risks of citizens increasingly losing faith. According to current surveys, only two fifth of the OECD Countries’ population still had trust in their national governments. Trust in business was slightly better, he continued, but not by much. This low trust environment would provide fertile ground for populism, nationalism, protectionism, and other negative phenomena, he said. At an increasing rate, citizens would now be questioning the functionality of democracy. In particular, young people had often stopped casting their votes. For the purpose of rebuilding this trust, restoring and strengthening integrity was essential in the public and to a lesser extent maybe, but nevertheless, in the private sector.

Then, several panel discussions featuring high ranking participants covered important questions from the fields of corruption prevention and integrity promotion.

This year’s OECD Integrity Forum saw approximately 1,300 accredited participants. Due to the participation of leading stakeholders of the fields of science, politics, administration and civil society, the Forum is an annual highlight with regard to the development of integrity initiatives. The Integrity Forum provides significant added value to the field of corruption prevention, in particular, with its presentations and discussions of new findings on the subject.

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Article #: 15753 from Donnerstag, 12. April 2018, 14:18
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