UNDP at the International Anti-Corruption Conference 2022

December 9, 2022
The 20th International Anti-Corruption Conference 

The 20th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) on ‘Uprooting Corruption, Defending Democratic Values,’ from 6-10 December 2022 gathered heads of state and government alongside leaders from civil society, business, and media from around the world in Washington, D.C. to advance the global fight against corruption.

UNDP participated in the IACC high-level discussion and opening plenary and hosted high-level events during the week, as part of its commitment to fighting corruption at all levels. Other participants included the US State Department Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), USAID, Norad, Sida, Transparency InternationalUNODCUNECAU4 Anti-Corruption Resource CenterGlobal Financial Integrity, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), Open Ownership, the African Union Commission, and the Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission, Korea.

Participants from UNDP included:
  • Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator
  • Francine Pickup, Deputy Director, UNDP Bureau for Policy & Programme Support
  • Sarah Lister, Head of Governance, UNDP Bureau for Policy & Programme Support
  • Anga Timilsina, Global Programme Adviser on Anti-Corruption, UNDP Bureau for Policy & Programme Support


This year’s IACC theme resonates with UNDP’s comprehensive approach to governance and anti-corruption, particularly in the current context of an ongoing pandemic, escalating misinformation and disinformation, and surging illicit financial flows.

The IACC advances the anti-corruption agenda by raising awareness and stimulating debate. It fosters networking, cross-fertilisation and the global exchange of experience that are indispensable for effective advocacy and action, on a global and national level. The conferences also promote international cooperation among government, civil society, the private sector, and citizens by providing the opportunity for face-to-face dialogue and direct liaison between representatives from the agencies and organisations taking part.

UNDP’s Engagements at the 20th IACC:
  • Monday, 5 Dec, 2:30-4:30 PM EST: Special Pacific Pre-Conference Event organized by the University of South Pacific Students Association (USPSA) and UNDP Pacific Office, to bring the unprecedented Pacific youth anti-corruption movement into the global arena and promote the ground-breaking Youth Vision for Corruption-Resilient Blue Pacific.
  • Tuesday, 6 Dec, 10:00-11:45 AM EST: ‘High Level Segment’, organized by the US Government and Transparency International to open dialogue and set the agenda on anti-corruption challenges and priorities, outside of formal inter-governmental settings (closed door principals meeting).
  • Tuesday, 6 Dec, 1:00-2:30 PM EST: Opening Plenary- ‘Uprooting Corruption, Defending Democratic Values’. UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner was one of the keynote speakers alongside speakers from US government, World Bank, IMF, USAID.  
  • Tuesday, 6 Dec, 5:00-7:00 PM EST:  High Level Event, ‘The Power of Technology, Innovation, and Digital Public Goods to Fight Corruption’, organized by UNDP, Norad, and Sida.
  • Wednesday, 7 Dec, 6:00-8:00 PM EST: High Level Event: ‘Global Action on Financial Integrity to Achieve the SDGs’.
  • Thursday, 8 Dec, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM EST: Plenary 4, ‘Overcoming Corruption in a Race against the Climate Crisis’.
  • Friday, 9 Dec, 3:30 – 5:00 PM EST: ‘Addressing the Gender Dimensions of Corruption in Latin America and the Caribbean: Evidence and Solution Proposals’, coordinated by UNDP.



"These are troubled times and corruption thrives in troubled times" - Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator


Bjørg Sandkjær, State Secretary for International Development of Norway & Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator

Achim Steiner met and had constructive meeting with Bjørg Sandkjær, Norway's State Secretary for International Development. The strong UNDP-Norway partnership was discussed in the meeting as it addressed the aspects of food systems, anti-corruption, and development to advance governance and peace-building in conflict-affected countries. 


International Anti-Corruption Day 2022, 9th December

Rising and widespread corruption not only undermines stability—it also impedes peace and security by worsening fragilities and inequalities and eroding confidence and trust in public institutions. 

Check out the statement by the UNDP Administrator, Achim Steiner on the International Day for Anti-Corruption here!