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Unleashing the transformative power of SDG16:…

Unleashing the transformative power of SDG16: Improving governance and reducing corruption - Economic and Social Council Special Meeting
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The objective of the ECOSOC meeting is to revisit the impact of corruption on the achievement of the SDGs and reflect on persistent challenges as well as emerging trends and innovation in enhancing integrity and combating corruption and furthering SDG 16.

In recognition of the fact that the achievement of all SDGs, and SDG 16 in particular, requires the participation of a wide coalition of stakeholders, the meeting will bring together representatives from the public and private sectors as well as civil society, journalists and leading international expert organisations to collectively discuss how to accelerate this agenda and ensure that no one is left behind. In this context, the meeting will reflect on the role of principles such as the principles of effective governance for sustainable development (developed by the Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA) and endorsed by ECOSOC in July 2018), and highlight instruments, such as the United Nations Convention against Corruption and national anti-corruption tools, that can help advance anti-corruption efforts in line with national sustainable development plans and strategies.

The meeting will also inform the upcoming 4th "SDG 16 Rome Conference" hosted by Italy and co-organized with the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) under the theme "SDG 16 as a compass for navigating intersecting crises".