Over 25 years of curbing corruption
The idea for the conference first arose among a number of anti-corruption law enforcement agencies, including Hong Kong’s Independent Commission Against Corruption, the Inspector General for the District of Columbia (Washington D.C.) and the New York City Department of Investigation. Initially, the focus was on law enforcement issues. Strategies and tactics were developed to deter and investigate official corruption and the scope of the conference grew quickly. Today, the conference now involves the entire spectrum of stakeholders in its effort to combat corruption and fraud throughout the world. The IACC serves as the premier global forum for the networking and cross-fertilisation that are indispensable for effective advocacy and action, on a global and national level.
Previous IACC participants have summarised the conclusions of past conferences in a joint statement at the close of proceedings:
In 2008 in the shadow of the Parthenon more than 1300 people, from 135 countries came together in Athens, Greece at the 13th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) under the banner "Global transparency: fighting corruption for a sustainable future" to explore how corruption undermines all facets of sustainability.
The Declaration of the 12th IACC in Guatemala City in 2006 contained an Action Agenda outlining practical measures to curb corruption.
The Seoul findings of the 11th IACC, in Seoul, South Korea 2003, stated the participants “strong conviction that there is absolutely no substance in the myth that corruption is a matter of culture. Rather, it offends the beliefs and traditions of us all.”
In Prague in 2001, conference delegates reaffirmed their commitment to building global standards of transparency and accountability not only for governments but also for the private sector, civil society and international institutions. Their reaffirmation to the fight against corruption is outlined in the Prague Agenda.
In Durban in 1999, the determination of the conference participants to continue their work against corruption was expressed in the Durban Commitment.
The IACC in Lima in 1997 culminated in the formulation of an unprecedented international anti-corruption work programme - the Lima Declaration Against Corruption.
IACC Host Country
Each edition of the IACC is usually based in a different region of the world. Once the host country has been selected, a formal commitment is drawn up in the form of a Memorandum of Understanding. If you’d like to learn more, the MoU’s from the present and previous IACCs are found here:
Financial reporting is an integral part of work; an audit is performed after each IACC to ensure the highest standards of accountability and transparency. If you would like to see financial audits for previous IACCs, please see below: