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Message of the GCF Independent Integrity Unit Head, a.i. for IACD 2022

INCHEON,


Statement of the Head a.i. of the GCF Independent Integrity Unit on the occasion of International Anti-Corruption Day 2022


There are parallels between climate change and corruption. Both are complex global issues with far-reaching consequences. And both have devastating effects on vulnerable communities and our daily lives. A multifaceted problem calls for a multifaceted solution.
 
This year, the commemoration of International Anti-Corruption Day also marks the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC). Article 13 of the Convention recognises the role of civil society in fighting corruption by calling on governments to increase transparency, improve public access to information, and promote public contributions to decision-making processes. The Independent Integrity Unit (IIU) of the GCF intends to support the UNCAC by furthering the discourse on the value of civil society partnerships in promoting integrity and accountability in climate action.
 
Corruption does not exist in isolation, there is a whole ecosystem of unabling practices that allow this problem to fester. Stakeholder ownership and engagement are an absolute necessity to help detect, prevent, and resolve corrupt practices. 
 
The IIU stands in solidarity with the international community in commemorating this occasion by renewing its commitment to champion increased transparency, accountability, and the prevention of corruption in climate action.
 
IIU calls on all stakeholders to work together to ensure continued progress in the fight against corruption and climate change       

 
ALBERT LIHALAKHA
Head, a.i. GCF Independent Integrity Unit