The United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on 31 October 2002 to strengthen international cooperation in fighting and preventing corruption. At the conference held in Merida, Mexico in December 2003 for signing the UNCAC, the delegates suggested that an international anti-corruption organisation should be established to help implement UNCAC effectively.
With the support of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (the Secretariat of UNCAC) and the Supreme People's Procuratorate of China, the first Annual Conference and General Meeting of the International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities (IAACA) was convened in Beijing, China in October 2006 marking the formation of IAACA.
The IAACA is an independent and non-political anti-corruption organisation, comprising institutions responsible for investigation, prosecution and prevention of corruption around the world. Over 140 countries and regions have participated as members or engaged in various IAACA initiatives since its establishment.
Promote the effective implementation of the UNCAC;
Assist anti-corruption authorities internationally in the prevention of and fight against corruption, and for that purpose:
To promote international cooperation in the prevention, investigation and adjudication of corruption offences, including through law enforcement cooperation, mutual legal assistance and extradition as well as in tracing, seizure, freezing, confiscation and return of the proceeds of corruption offences;
To promote measures for the prevention of corruption in both the public and private sectors;
To promote networking, informal and formal relationships, cooperation and coordination between anti-corruption authorities and between anti-corruption authorities and other competent authorities, including law enforcement, judicial and administrative authorities both domestically and internationally;
To facilitate the exchange and dissemination of expertise and experience among anti-corruption authorities;
To promote examination of comparative criminal law and procedure and best practices and to assist anti-corruption authorities engaged in reform programmes and related activities;
To promote examination and dissemination of preventive measures;
To cooperate with international organisations in furtherance of the foregoing objectives;
To promote a culture of independence, professionalism, transparency, integrity and accountability of anti-corruption authorities.
The IAACA has promoted international cooperation in the fight against corruption since its establishment in 2006. Major activities include:
Annual Conferences and General Meetings
Executive Committee Meetings
Past & Current Leadership
Supreme People's Procuratorate, China
Attorney-General's Office, Qatar
Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), Hong Kong, China
Africa | Asia-Pacific | Eastern Europe | Latin America and Caribbean | Western Europe and others