SAI and UNODC have signed an agreement concerning the implementation of Abu Dhabi Declaration issued by the eighth session of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption held in Abu Dhabi in December 2019.
The agreement has been signed by H.E. Dr. Harib Saeed Al Amimi, President of the Supreme Audit Institution, Chairman of the eighth session of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against corruption, and Dr. Ghada Wali, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and the Executive Director of the UNODC.
The President of SAI stated that this agreement comes within the framework of the interest of the political leadership of the United Arab Emirates in supporting all the efforts and initiatives contributing to anti-corruption process and strengthens the endeavors of States Parties for the international cooperation and provide technical support in order to achieve the objectives and contents of Abu Dhabi Declaration. Furthermore, He stressed that the Government of UAE had recognized that the social cost of corruption was great and that corruption weakened the institutions, undermined trust, disproportionately affected the disadvantaged groups in society, prevented the social inclusion, and promoted the inequality. He added that the UAE had provided a financial support of over $5 million for the implementation of the three-year Abu Dhabi Declaration.
It’s noteworthy that the most important objectives of the Declaration are to make use of the effective role of the Supreme Audit Institutions in advancing the Anti-corruption process to advanced levels, based on their professional expertise and competences, in addition to activating the professional cooperation between SAIs and anti- corruption bodies.