Working together towards change

More than 400 people from the Transparency International Movement gathered in Berlin from 14-16 October for our largest ever Annual Membership Meeting. Representatives of National Chapters and Individual Members travelled from 106 countries and joined with the Secretariat to discuss the Movement’s current and future activities.

The anti-corruption coalition meets annually to assess current challenges and opportunities, strategise, share knowledge, adopt key resolutions and elect members of the Board of Directors. The proceedings included 20 ‘Connecting Sessions’ in which participants talked about their experiences and offered each other advice on issues as diverse as social media and stolen asset recovery.

During the Annual Membership Meeting, the Movement adopted resolutions on aid effectiveness, government accountability in the Middle East and North Africa region, anti-corruption mechanisms for climate change finance, G20 action on stolen assets, and civil society participation in the United Nations Convention against Corruption country review process. These resolutions represent immediate advocacy priorities for the Movement, with some activities beginning this month.

In the election for the Board of Directors, the Movement re-elected Huguette Labelle (Canada) as chair and Akere Muna (Cameroon) as Vice-Chair. Two incumbent board members – Delia Ferreira Rubio (Argentina) and Rueben L. Lifuka (Zambia) – were re-elected. Four new board members were also elected: Jermyn P. Brooks (UK/Germany), Elena A. Panfilova (Russia), José Carlos Ugaz (Peru) and Elisabeth Ungar Bleier (Colombia).

Appreciation was expressed for the four outgoing board members, Sion Assidon (Morocco), Boris Divjak (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Iftekhar Zaman (Bangladesh) and Gerard Zovighian (Lebanon).

2011 resolutions

Resolution on the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness

Transparency International called on all development stakeholders attending the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, South Korea beginning 29 November 2011 to address transparency, accountability and anti-corruption concerns as part of the new aid effectiveness accord to be approved.

Resolution on the Arab Spring

Transparency International expressed concern that despite the Arab Spring, repressive laws continue to clamp down on civil society and limit freedom of the press in many parts of the Arab world. The resolution also congratulated Tawakkul Karman, a female political activist and member of Transparency International’s contact group, Yemeni Transparency & Integrity Team, who was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 2011.

Resolution on Robust Anti-Corruption Mechanisms in Climate Governance

Transparency International called on the next climate change summit, meeting in Durban from 28 November, to ensure that the Green Climate Fund, expected to provide for unprecedented spending on climate projects, operates transparently, with independent oversight and space for consultation.

Resolution on the Upcoming G20 Meeting including Governance of Stolen Assets

Transparency International outlined seven priority areas for action by the leaders of the G20 including action on financial transparency, foreign bribery and restitution of stolen assets, stressing that this last issue applies beyond the G20.

Resolution on the Fourth Session of the UNCAC Conference of States Parties

Transparency International set forth six points to be submitted to the fourth session of the Conference of States Parties of the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), to be held in Marrakesh, Morocco beginning 24 October 2011. Several of the points deal with the status of the UNCAC review mechanism and civil society participation in the process.

Resolution on Registers of Interests of TI Individual Members

Transparency International passed a resolution mandating that Individual Members of the TI Movement publish updated registers of interests annually.

Election results

Huguette Labelle, Chair

Huguette Labelle (Canada) was first elected to chair Transparency International in 2005. Labelle was previously President of the Canadian International Development Agency, Vice-Chair of the World Health Organisation’s Working Group on Health and Development Policies, Deputy Minister of Transport, and Chair of the Public Service Commission of Canada. She is currently Chancellor of the University of Ottawa and serves on the Board of numerous Canadian and international organisations.

Akera T. Muna, Vice-Chair

Akere T. Muna (Cameroon), founder and former president of TI Cameroon, is a lawyer and President of the African Union's Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC). He is also member of the International Anti-Corruption Council as well as a member of several national commissions on legal reform and curbing corruption. In January 2010, he was elected as one of the four new members to the Panel of Eminent Persons (APR panel). He was first elected Vice-Chair of Transparency International’s Board in 2005.

Jermyn P. Brooks, Board Member

Jermyn P. Brooks (UK/Germany) joined Price Waterhouse London in 1962, and worked for the company in senior roles around the globe until 2000. He was a founding Board Member of the World Economic Forum’s Partnering Against Corruption initiative, and since 2009 he has chaired the 10th Principle Working Group of the United Nations Global Compact. He is also a member of the Wolfsberg Group, which developed the Wolfsberg Anti-Money Laundering Principles, and serves as Independent Chair of the Global Network Initiative. Brooks currently chairs TI’s Business Advisory Board and is a member of the Finance Committee.

Delia Ferreira Rubio, Board Member

Delia Ferreira Rubio (Argentina) was the President of Poder Ciudadano, TI’s National Chapter in Argentina, and served on the Chapter’s Board from 2004 to 2010. She was Chief Advisor for several Representatives and Senators at the National Congress from 1990 to 2005, advising the Constitutional Committee of both the House of Representatives and the Senate, and also served as Chief Advisor at the National Accounting Office for two years. She has consulted on anti-corruption and transparency related issues with various international organisations and NGOs around the world. She is also a researcher at the CEPPA Foundation in Buenos Aires.

Rueben L. Lifuka, Board Member

Rueben Lifuka (Zambia) is the President of TI Zambia. He has been involved with the chapter from early on, shaping the first two strategic plans which helped establish a strong TI Zambia. He is an architect and project manager by profession and also studied Integrated Environmental Management. He is an experienced project manager and strategic planning expert, and runs a consultancy firm offering organisational development and programme/project management services both locally and internationally. He has also served in various capacities on different professional and quasi government Boards in Zambia and worldwide.

Elena A. Panfilova, Board Member

Elena A. Panfilova (Russia) has worked as an academic researcher and project manager for the Institute of Independent Social Studies, the Institute for Economy in Transition and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, amongst others. She is a member of the Russian Presidential Council on Civil Society and Human Rights, where she co-chairs a working group on anti-corruption. Panfilova is currently the Director of TI’s Russian Chapter, which she also founded in 1999.

José Carlos Ugaz, Board Member

José Carlos Ugaz (Peru) is a lawyer by training, and served as the Ad-Hoc State Attorney of Peru in several top level corruption cases. He was also a member of the United Nations Election Observers Mission for El Salvador. In 2002, Ugaz assumed the presidency of PROETICA, TI’s national chapter in Peru. He has been an individual member of TI since 2008.

Elisabeth Ungar Bleier, Board Member

Elisabeth Ungar Bleier (Colombia) was a professor and researcher in the Department of Political Science at Universidad de los Andes from 1975 until 2009. From 1995 to 1996 she served as the Director of the Department, and from 2005 to 2007 she was a member of the University’s Board. Author, columnist and political analyst, Ungar has been the Executive Director of Transparencia por Colombia since 2009.

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