The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) Mr. Nickolay Mladenov, yesterday reaffirmed UN support to Iraq in its fight against corruption. This came at the opening session of the Baghdad Second International Forum on Stolen Assets Recovery, which was organized by the Integrity Commission.
“The UN is taking accountability, transparency and anti-corruption very seriously at both the international level and within the region,” Mr. Mladenov said.
“Corruption is a virus that plagues transitional societies. It hinders peace-building and state-building efforts, undermining trust in public institutions; it robs people of dignity and development, it deprives them of basic services. Corruption empowers organised crime, funds violence and terrorism” he said.
The Government of Iraq in partnership with the National Commission on Integrity and UNDP have recently launched a new initiative to recover stolen assets and increase cooperation with law enforcement authorities in other countries to detect, trace, confiscate and recover stolen assets.
“The entire UN family and UNDP will continue to stand by the people of Iraq and their Government in their fight against corruption,” Mladenov added.