Results of participation of representatives of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation in the 7th Session of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption

15 november 2017, 14:52

Representatives of the Department of Supervision over Anticorruption Laws Implementation of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation, as a part of the Russian permanent delegation, took part in the 7th Session of the Conference of the States Parties to the Convention. It took place on 6-10 November, 2017, in the United Nations Office in Vienna, Austria.

The Russian delegation was headed by Mr. Oleg Syromolotov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. There were also officials of the Anticorruption Department of the President of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation, the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation, the Federal Financial Monitoring Service of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Russian Federation in the delegation.

More than 1600 representatives of more than 170 states, international organizations, civil society and private sector participated in the Conference.

Mr. Syromolotov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, made a speech at the plenary meeting. He told of Russian contribution to support the Mechanism for the review of implementation of the Convention. In particular, he noticed positive results of training sessions for governmental experts, which took place in 2012-2014 and 2017 in the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation. Similar events will occur in April 2018, financed for account of the Russian voluntary contribution to the fund of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

On the sidelines of the Conference there were 40 topical events. Russian anticorruption exhibition “Russia against Corruption”, organized by the Administration of the President of the Russian Federation together with the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, attracted particular interest of the participants.

Mr. Yury Fedotov, UN Under-Secretary-General, Executive Director of the UNODC, and Mr. Aleksandr Anikin, Deputy Head of the Anticorruption Department of the President of the Russian Federation, opened the exhibition. They told of cooperation of the Russian Federation with the UNODC, as well as of Russian best anticorruption practices.

Posters, brochures, booklets and video clips, prepared by the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation, were presented to the participants.

On the sidelines of the Conference, on the initiative of the representatives of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation, responsible for Russian participation in Round II of the Mechanism for the review of implementation of Chapters II and V of the Convention, a meeting was hold between the experts of the Russian Federation and the representatives of Albania and Zimbabwe, monitoring states, with participation of officials of the UNODC Secretariat.

Mr. Aleksandr Rusetsky, Head of the Department of Supervision over Anticorruption Laws Implementation of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation, took part in the meeting. He told of the work, done by the Russian party, and of the preparation of answers to the UNODC Comprehensive Self-Assessment Checklist. He expressed the hope of further efficient cooperation between the states presented at the meeting.

The Albanian party, for its turn, supported the initiative of further cooperation and stated that the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Albania had been charged with the reviewing. It also noticed the readiness to appoint governmental experts, who would assess the Russian Federation. The UNODC and Russia would be informed of the appointments.

Representatives of Zimbabwe confirmed that the Anticorruption Commission had already appointed reviewing governmental experts.

As a result of the meeting the parties agreed to continue cooperation within the framework of the Mechanism.

Moreover, the representatives of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation took part in the meeting of experts on the development of international cooperation under the Convention, in the resumed 8th Session of the Implementation Review Group. There were also round tables on the following themes: “Enhancing the cooperation between the secretariats of international anti-corruption peer review mechanisms”, “Role of citizen engagement in fighting corruption”, “Recovered assets management”, “Liability of legal persons for corruption cases”. A number of other events took place.

As a result of the Conference, draft resolutions were approved concerning provision of technical assistance for effective implementation of the Convention, enhancing mutual legal assistance for the purpose of international cooperation and taking measures to recover assets, fighting corruption in sport, etc.

It was also decided to conduct the 8th Session of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption in 2019, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

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