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Intervention by The representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran Before Open-ended Intergovernmental Working Group on the Prevention of Corruption

    Intervention by The representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Before Open-ended Intergovernmental Working Group on the Prevention of Corruption

(Vienna, 4-6 September 2019)

 

Agenda item 2 (a) on the Implementation of Conference resolutions 7/5, entitled “Promoting preventive measures against corruption”, and 7/6, entitled “Follow-up to the Marrakech declaration on the prevention of corruption”: thematic discussion on lessons learned on the development, evaluation and impact of anti-corruption strategies (article 5 of the United Nations Convention against Corruption)

 

 

Mr. Chairman,

My delegation attaches great importance to this agenda item and would like to appreciate the secretariat to prepare the report contained in document CAC/COSP/WG.4/2019/2 entitled Lessons learned on the development, evaluation and impact of anti-corruption strategies based on article 5 of the United Nations Convention against Corruption).

As recognized bythe Convention, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to the implementation of article 5 and acknowledges that anti-corruption policies are to be developed by each State party in accordance with the fundamental principles of their legal systems. In this context, the effectiveness of national anti-corruption strategies or policies is dependent on the accurate identification and assessment of all problems and challenges that a country faced in combating corruption. Such an initial assessment is important in order to identify anti-corruption measures that were concrete, comprehensive and grounded in the Convention.

Having said that, the Islamic Republic of Iran in line with its commitment to anti-corruption efforts has adopted significant preventive measures. In this connection, our Constitution, particularly article 3 has established a favorable environment for growth of moral virtues based on faith and piety and struggle against all forms of vice and corruption; including, raising the level of public awareness in all areas through the proper use of press and mass media and other means; planning correct administrative system and elimination of superfluous government organizations and poverty as well as providing legal protection for all citizens.

As such, in order to coordinate and lead implementation of anti-corruption laws and policies at national level, the Anti- Corruption Headquarters as governmental anti-corruption administrator has been set up. The Headquarters is chaired by the Premier Vice-President and all relevant governmental bodies are members thereof. The main responsibility of the Headquarters includes setting up policies and making coordination among governmental bodies regarding prevention and combat against corruption. The Headquarters examines quality and sufficiency of the present laws and regulations and takes required actions to codify appropriate by - law and instructions and to communicate such laws and instructions to governmental bodies and interested entities identifies deficiencies and shortcoming.

 

Mr. Chairman,

Article 5, paragraph 1, of the Convention calls upon States parties to develop and implement or maintain effective, coordinated anti-corruption policies that promote the participation of society and reflect the principles of the rule of law, proper management of public affairs and public property, integrity, transparency and accountability. In line with this article and with the aim of promoting organizational transparency and public trust in Governmental bodies, the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, has proposed the transparency bill to the Parliament for ratification on May 2019. Under this bill, the information, competencies, behaviors and practices of institutions governed by the proposed bill, are subject to access and use by stakeholders or general public or supervisory authorities in due time.

Bearing in mind that the open and transparent Government is a precondition for preventing corruption, the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iranhas also moved towards the open data in the past years and made considerable progress in the implementation of Electronic Government; as a result, data such as government expenditure, government budget, results of elections have been made available to the public.

Another important step for eradication of corruption is promotion of transparency in the budget adoption process. To ensure more effective citizen’s participation across the entire budget cycle, besides the process of debate and approval by the parliament which is discussed in public hearing, the Process of development of the draft budget by the Government is also open to public access.

Mr. Chairman,

In conclusion, I would like to reiterate once again our commitment and decisive will in the Islamic Republic of Iran to fight against corruption effectively and responsibly despite unilateral coercive measures, as an act of economic terrorism, which targets our economic and financial infrastructures and the right of our people to life as well.

 

I thank you,

 

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