Preventing and combating corruption through innovation, transparency and digitalization focus of 2020 OSCE Forum in Prague.
VIENNA/PRAGUE, 7 September 2020 – Preventing and combating corruption through innovation, increased transparency and digitalization while promoting security, stability and economic growth in the OSCE region will be the focus of the first ever “blended” Concluding Meeting of the 28th OSCE Economic and Environmental Forum, which opens on Thursday, 10 September 2020, in Prague.
During the two-day event, senior government officials and experts from academia, NGOs, international organizations and the private sector of the 57 OSCE participating States will discuss the role of digital technologies, good governance and the rule of law in preventing and combating corruption. Particular attention will be given also to the efforts to counter this phenomenon in the field of environmental protection and sustainable management of natural resources.
The objective of the Forum is to identify needs and priorities and to stimulate the political will of participating States. The idea is to share best practices and provide a platform for dialogue for international actors, business and academic community, as well as civil society.
Tomáš Petříček, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Czech Republic, Gent Cakaj, Acting Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of Albania and Tuula Yrjölä, Officer in Charge/Secretary General and Director of OSCE Conflict Prevention Centre will open the Forum.
Keith Krach, Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment, U.S Department of State, Jean-Luc Lemahieu, Director of Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs (UNODC), and Professor Paola Severino, Special Representative of the Chairperson-in-Office on Combating Corruption will give keynote speeches.