SIGA Strives: 5-year partnership signed with UNICRI to prevent crime in sport

March 20 – SIGA and the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) have entered into a 5-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to prevent corruption and other crimes in Sport.

The partnership is the first of a set of 30 boosting measures and initiatives the integrity body will reveal over the next 60 days as part of its #SIGASTRIVES campaign.

“The areas of cooperation include the role of law enforcement and the criminal justice system in preventing and countering corruption and promoting the integrity of sport; the engagement of the private sector and civil society, including sponsors and sporting organisations in countering corruption and promoting the integrity of sport; child protection in sport; and research, training and education initiatives on the above areas,” said a SIGA press release.

Last month SIGA launched its #CleanSport initiative, at the inaugural World Congress on Global Leadership and Anti-Corruption in Sport. The MoU dovetails with this initiative which aims to foster collective action between sports organisations, law enforcement, governments and the judiciary. SIGA said it will soon announce a series of ‘Action Forces’ composed of experts in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice, including representatives from UNICRI.

Bettina Tucci Bartsiotas, Director of the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), said: “UNICRI has a reputation of being successful in pioneering new ways to address crime prevention, justice and development related issues, and engaging partners and communities in these important areas. I commend SIGA for taking the lead and carrying out an oversight role with their Universal Standards and new independent rating system and we look forward to working with them to prevent crime in sport.”

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