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16 September 2013

Media Advisory

World's biggest anti-corruption gathering in Panama City spotlights corruption's devastating impact on development

Media Accreditation opens for Fifth Session of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption in Panama City,
25 to 29 November 2013

VIENNA, 16 September (UN Information Service) - With an estimated US$20 to US$40 billion leaving developing countries every year due to acts of corruption, this crime threatens social and economic development across the globe. The price is paid in full by the millions of men, women and children who miss out on education, essential healthcare, proper sanitation and clean water.

Bringing together more than 1,500 people from Member States, parliaments, inter-governmental organizations, civil society, the private sector and the media, the Fifth Session of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) - COSP5 - is the vital link between decision making at the international level, and the practical anti-corruption activities delivering relief at the local level. The conference is held every two years.

The high level opening will be addressed by the Executive Director of UNODC, Yury Fedotov and the President of Panama. Some of the crucial issues on the agenda of the COSP5 include: corruption and the post-2015 development agenda, asset recovery, country reviews and avoiding corruption at major public events. The event will also launch a series of informative publications on anti-corruption and investigative journalism, compliance and ethics in the private sector, as well as procurement.

Media representatives wishing to cover the conference are advised to apply for accreditation in advance of the session by contacting the Accreditation Office of the United Nations Information Service Vienna or during the session at the Press Registration Counter at the conference venue, the Atlapa Convention Centre, Panama City.

Forms and criteria for media accreditation are available on the UNIS website in English and Spanish:

Media facilities, including a press centre and a press briefing room will be available in the Atlapa Convention Centre.

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For enquiries about media accreditation please contact:

Veronika Crowe-Mayerhofer
Information Assistant, UNIS Vienna
Telephone: (+43-1) 26060-3342
Mobile: (+43-699) 1459-3342
Email: press[at]

For further information about the conference facilities and briefings for the media please contact:

Anne Thomas
Information Officer, UNIS Vienna
Telephone: (+43-1) 26060-5588
Mobile: (+43-699) 1459-5588
Email: anne.thomas[at]

Conference website of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC):

Conference website of the Host Country: