Lack of action on corruption threatens poverty alleviation and climate change measures, says TI

Calls on Medvedev to demonstrate, at the G8 summit, his stated commitment to fighting corruption

Issued by Transparency International Secretariat



Read the Japanese version of this press release.

A lack of follow-through on anti-corruption commitments by the Group of Eight (G8) is further undermining essential poverty goals, as well as threatening environmental measures, warned Transparency International on the eve of the 2008 Toyako Hokkaido Summit.

“Vulnerable communities across the world continue to pay the price for corruption in basic services denied, public resources depleted and institutions subverted by greed,” said Huguette Labelle, Chair of Transparency International. “The G8, as the world’s most powerful economies, have a golden opportunity to ensure that no further generation is lost to corruption and poverty, and that the world is armed to manage the human dimension of climate change, possibly the greatest governance challenge it has ever faced.”

Referring to its recently published G8 Progress Report, Transparency International noted the commitments on corruption made at the past six summits, and in particular at Glenneagles in 2005 and Heiligendamm in 2007. The anti-corruption network was looking to the Japanese G8 Presidency for the next big step forward on a defined set of issues, including clamping down on foreign bribery, strengthening the global legal framework against corruption, repatriating stolen public assets and increasing transparency in the oil and gas sector.

“We welcome the Japanese government’s commitment to have the G8 report back publicly on progress made to-date on anti-corruption commitments,” said Tatsuro Kuroda, Chair of Transparency International Japan. “And we urge them to go further and chart out a clear and decisive course for future global action on corruption. The complex problems before us, from stalled democracies, to inadequate health and education services for billions, demand nothing less.”

Noting Russian President Medvedev’s call-to-arms on corruption, delivered before the Russian Federation Council on Wednesday, 2 July, TI Chair Labelle remarked, “We welcome Medvedev’s strong words on corruption. We hope that he will use the G8 platform to push strongly for international action. Good governance begins at home, but it certainly doesn’t end there. Corruption knows no borders and demands global solutions.”

Transparency International is looking to the G8 to see further action on:

Combating foreign bribery:

Global legal framework against corruption:

Safeguarding financial markets and institutions against abuse:

Ensure transparency in oil, gas & mining:

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Transparency International Spokesperson Jesse Garcia is on site at the G8 Summit International Media Centre from 6 to 9 July.

 


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