Statement by the Representative of the Republic of Turkey Sixth Conference of the States Parties of the UN Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC-COSP)

Mehmet Emin Baysa (Başbakanlık Teftiş Kurulu Başkanı) 04.11.2015
Statement by the Representative of the Republic of Turkey
Sixth Conference of the States Parties of the
UN Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC-COSP)
St. Petersburg / Russian Federation
2-6 November 2015

Mr. President,
Distinguished Delegates,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

At the outset, we would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the people and the government of the Russian Federation because of the tragic accident that occurred on 31 October. Please accept the deep sympathies of our delegation and Turkish people.

Mr. President, I would like to extend our congratulations on your election as the President of the Conference. You can count on the close cooperation and support of our delegation during the sessions.

I would also like to express our appreciation for the Government of the Russian Federation for their hospitality in convening the Sixth Conference of the States Parties of the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC).

In addition, we appreciate all efforts and support of the UNODC Secretariat for the excellent work which has helped us in preparing for the discussions.

Mr. President,

Corruption is an act unacceptable by any moral or legal standard. It is a plague that damages social values, undermines the sense of justice and harms equality while generating unjust gains and unfair advantages for its perpetrators and frustrating those who abide by the rules. It poses a serious threat to justice, human rights, democratic institutions, rule of law as well as global growth, trade and the economic development. As emphasized by the UN Secretary General H.E. Ban Ki-Moon in the Crime Congress that was held in April 2015 in Doha, “crime feeds on corruption and obstructs good governance”.

The corruption problem, while varies in its form, substance, frequency or intensity, exists worldwide. This is a phenomenon that transcends national boundaries. Without solid international cooperation and united response from the Member States, international organizations, interest groups including the private sector and the other relevant actors, the chances for complete success to defeat this evil is unlikely.

The UNCAC is an invaluable legal instrument to address this multidimensional and multinational problem. It indicates the determination of the international community to prevent and eradicate the corrupt acts. The provisions and principles enshrined in the Convention as well as the Mechanisms set up for the implementation are significant tools to tackle with the corruption issue. Conference of States Parties is the highest platform to review the overall performance of the Convention as well as giving us an opportunity to scrutinize on the issues such as review of implementation, prevention, international cooperation, technical assistance and asset recovery.

Mr. President,

Implementation Review Mechanism set up under the Convention is a dynamic component which enables States Parties to strengthen their legislation and practice against corruption. Turkey attaches utmost importance to this Mechanism and fully supports its work.

Turkey’s review process for the first cycle is about to be finalized. We are grateful for the great work done by the reviewing states, namely Belgium and Malaysia. Turkey has also completed its task as a reviewing state of Australia.

When it comes to the budgetary issues of the implementation of the review process, an efficient and impartial functioning of the review mechanism must be secured by the provision of sufficient funds. In return, a balanced and well-streamlined budget must be pursued at all stages of the review process. Having this in mind and as a response to the call of the Secretariat in this direction, we are glad to inform that Turkey has decided to earmark an amount of 50 thousand US dollars as a financial contribution to the Review Mechanism for the second cycle. We believe that this financial contribution demonstrates the political support of our Government for the efforts exerted and progress achieved under this Mechanism.

Mr. President,

Regarding the prevention of corruption, we commend the work carried out so far by the Prevention Working Group. It goes without saying that it is an obligation for each State Party to implement effective anti-corruption policies that encourage the wide participation from the society and that are established upon the guiding principles such as rule of law, management of public finances, transparency, accountability and integrity. Forming anti-corruption bodies, defining clear code of conduct for the public officials, taking further steps for anti-money laundering, preserving a solid and independent judiciary are the key factors in the success for the prevention. We also believe that the efforts in this field should continue to focus on the private sector. Public-private partnership in this vein is a must.

On the other hand, tackling this problem requires strong international cooperation. In this vein, the Convention also provides us with an important guideline that defines the basis of such cooperation regarding the issue of extradition, mutual legal assistance, and transfer of sentenced persons or criminal proceedings. States parties should also cooperate with one another, in line with their domestic legislation, to promote the information sharing and joint action among the law enforcement authorities. In this context, facilitating the exchange of information and collection of good practices among States Parties are the essential means for furthering anti-corruption efforts.

Asset recovery is another major field of the fight against corruption. The international community needs to take further actions to secure the return of proceeds of corruption and stolen assets to the country of origin. It is important to build confidence between requesting and requested States through cooperation between their respective financial intelligence units and anti-corruption agencies.

Mr. President,

Fighting corruption has been one of Turkey’s priorities as the current term President of the G20. During our Presidency, we have closely monitored the effective implementation of the 2015-2016 Anti-Corruption Action Plan. Turkish Presidency has also closely worked with the relevant international organizations and has given particular importance to the fight against corruption in the private sector. As part of our efforts in this area, we have emphasized the transparency in government-business relations. Strengthening the accountability for public officials and enhancing the transparency have been among other key areas that have been focused during the G20 Anti-Corruption Working Group Meetings.

Mr. President,

This year we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the United Nations. The 2030 Development Agenda that was recently adopted should motivate the Member States to take further and more ambitious steps to reach the specified ends. In this vein, we welcome the fact that the Goal-16 has specific targets to “substantially reduce corruption and bribery in all their forms” and “to develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels”.

We believe that our success in the fight against corruption will play a decisive role in further consolidating our good governance and sustainable economic growth.

I would like to assure you once again on Turkey’s commitment to make a genuine effort to bring this Conference to a successful conclusion.

Thank you.

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