The Fourth Conference of States Parties to the UN Convention Against Corruption

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
October 21, 2011

The United States supports and will be represented at the October 24-28 Conference of States Parties (COSP) to the UN Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) in Marrakech, Morocco, where the 154 States Parties to the UNCAC will discuss implementation of the Convention and ways to advance international efforts to prevent and fight corruption. The United States is committed to engaging with other countries on preventing and combating corruption, and contributed more than $1.5 billion for anti-corruption and good governance assistance around the globe in the last fiscal year.

The U.S. has also contributed significantly to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime towards implementation of the UNCAC, providing over $3.5 million in funding in the last three years.

This fourth UNCAC COSP will focus on asset recovery; the prevention of corruption; international cooperation; and improving the Review Mechanism that was adopted at the third COSP in Doha in 2009 to review implementation of the UNCAC at the national level. The United States was one of the 27 countries selected to be reviewed in the first year of the first review cycle and is currently in the process of finalizing its report in consultation with its peer reviewers. The United States is committed to leading by example and will publish its entire report online once completed. Additional issues to be addressed at this COSP include the provision of technical assistance to help countries implement their UNCAC commitment and the participation of non-governmental organizations and international organizations as observers in the COSP.

More than 130 countries participated in the two-year negotiations that concluded in October 2003 with the creation of the UNCAC. One-hundred fifty-four nations, including the United States, are currently States Parties to the UNCAC.

PRN: 2011/1777