IACA and SIGA raise sport corruption up the COSP UNAC agenda

November 23 – The International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) and the Sport Integrity Global Alliance (SIGA) are organising a Special Session during the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention on Anti-Corruption (COSP UNAC).

This biennial conference serves as the principal policymaking body of the UN Convention, that provides policy guidance to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on anti-corruption initiatives.

Sport has generally not been high on their anti-corruption agenda but in recent years and for multiple reasons – and most notably as a result of FIFA and the International Olympic Committee’s own corruption scandals – has forced its way into being a focus of attention.

The promotion of integrity, anti-corruption and compliance in Sport has now become one of the priorities on the international anti-corruption agenda.

The event, titled ‘Integrity and Anti-Corruption in Sport’ – motivated by the shared recognition that safeguarding Sport from corruption is a critical focus within the global anti-corruption agenda – will take place on December 14.

The panel will be moderated by Jaroslaw Pietrusiewicz, Officer-in-Charge of IACA, and will include Giovanni Tartaglia Polcini (Chair of SIGA, Italian  Magistrate and co-Chair of the G20 Anti-Corruption Working Group),   Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros (Global CEO of SIGA), Katie Simmonds (Global COO of SIGA and Managing Director of SIGAWomen); and Prof. Andrew Spalding (Faculty Member of IACA and Professor at the University of Richmond School of Law).

Topics covered will include identifying areas and relationships vulnerable to corruption and related crimes in sport; analyzing modern trends of corruption and other crimes in sport; sharing effective strategies and best practices for promoting integrity and preventing corruption within sports organizations; and discussing the roles of governments, international organizations, and sports bodies in promoting integrity and anti-corruption in sport.

“Up to $1.7 trillion is estimated to be wagered on illicit betting markets each year, according to the report released in 2021 by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC),” said Pietrusiewicz.

“IACA is happy to expand its work against corruption in sports by providing anti-corruption education, capacity building and technical assistance to sports organisations and sports associations, and we welcome new inroads in the global effort to stamp corruption out of sports.”

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