#UnitedAgainstCorruption – UNCITRAL supports International Anti-Corruption Day

On 9 December 2017, UNCITRAL marked International Anti-Corruption Day by promoting its UNCITRAL Model Law on Procurement Promotion.

See the Call2Action from the Regional Centre:

To mark International Anti-Corruption Day (http://www.anticorruptionday.org/) on 9 December 2017, as designated by the UN General Assembly, UNCITRAL Regional Centre for Asia and Pacific issues a Call2Action. We encourage you to promote the UNCITRAL Model Law on Procurement Promotion by sharing the attached visual resources in your social media platforms with hashtags #uncitralmlpp #UnitedAgainstCorruption.
The 2017 joint international campaign focuses on corruption as one of the biggest impediments to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
With the slogan ‘United Against Corruption’, UNCITRAL-RCAP joins the 2017 joint international campaign and call on people to jointly take action by changing their attitudes towards this crime.

The United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), which entered into force in 2005, played a significant role in the further development of the UNCITRAL Model Law on Public Procurement (UNCITRAL Model Law). The UNCITRAL Model Law was specifically designed to implement the procurement-related provisions in UNCAC, and is being used as a template by numerous governments around the world for shaping national public procurement legislation.
The Model Law has also been prepared with a view to supporting the harmonisation of international standards in public procurement, and takes account of the provisions of the WTO Agreement on Government Procurement, the European Union Directives (on procurement and remedies) and the procurement rules of the World Bank and other IFIs, such as the Asian Development Bank.

For more information about the Model Law please check our website: http://www.uncitral.org/uncitral/en/uncitral_texts/procurement_infrastructure/2011Model.html.
2017 UN Anti Corruption Day (EN).jpg

50 Years of UNCITRAL: UNCCA United Nations Day National Lecture Series

UNCCA held its first annual UN Day Lecture Series around Australia in October, November and December 2017.

A copy of the Lecture, delivered by UNCCA Chair, Tim D. Castle is available here.

The Lecture was held in the following venues with distinguished chairs and commentators, some of whom have produced written commentaries which are available by following the links.

Adelaide – Federal Court (17.10.17), Chair Besanko J, Commentator Hon Paul Finn.

Perth – Federal Court (18.10.17), Chair McKerracher J, Commentator, Professor Camilla Baasch Andersen.

Brisbane – Federal Court (23.101.7), Chair Greenwood J, Commentator, Professor Khory McCormick.

Melbourne – Corrs Chambers Westgarth (24.10.17), Chair Bronwyn Lincoln, Commentator Croft J; available here.

Canberra – University of Canberra (01.11.17), Chair Professor Lawrence Pratchett, Commentator Ian Govey AM; available here.

Sydney – Federal Court (05.12.17), Chair Chrissa Loukas SC, Commentator Justice Steven Rares.

UNCCA looks forward to making this an annual event, building on the success of this year’s lecture series.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Hon Bob Ellicott AC QC attends the UN Day Sydney lecture

By Tim Castle:

Inspiring to hear Hon Bob Ellicott QC at my last UN Day lecture in Sydney last night. Bob was Australia’s delegate to UNCITRAL as Solicitor-General in 1970, three years after it was founded. Even then he said he was struck by how this new body was based on a search for “the commonality of principles that bring people together – fairness, relevance, equity and integrity”. Thanks to all who attended these talks around Australia over the last month, and last night to Chair Chrissa Loukas-Karlsson SC and commentator Justice Steven Rares.

Pictured below: L to R – Chrissa Loukas, Justice Steven Rares, Hon Bob Ellicott AC QC, Tim Castle.