G20 Leaders Face Anti-Corruption Messages in Buenos Aires
In an attempt to get G20 leaders to take the fight against corruption seriously, Transparency International and its Argentinian chapter Poder Ciudadano, have displayed the posters with the slogan “#G20TakeAction: Implement Your Anti-Corruption Commitments” in the streets of Buenos Aires.
Transparency and Poder Ciudadano have urged the G20 to actually implement a range of anti-corruption commitments made over the years.
“G20 leaders seem to have been too busy arguing among themselves to pay attention to their own anti-corruption policy recommendations, which we’ve been reminding them of through the official engagement channels,” said Maria Emilia Berazategui of Poder Ciudadano, “So we decided to put the message somewhere they can’t miss it – on the avenue leading to the summit venue.”
The G20 has previously adopted anti-corruption commitments regarding the publication of asset declarations for public officials, increased transparency in public procurement, and requirements for companies to disclose their ultimate owners.
In April 2018, a Transparency report found that most G20 countries were failing to implement the group’s own principles on ending the anonymous company ownership that fuels corruption.
“Despite repeated statements that corruption is a priority and the development of more than 60 anti-corruption resources, too often combating corruption remains an afterthought in G20 leaders’ decisions and actions. We believe that enough commitments have been made, and now is time to put them into practice,” said Pablo Secchi, executive director of Poder Ciudadano.
“This summit under Argentina’s presidency could be an opportunity to do something about corruption and actually follow through on their commitments. But will we see any action?” asked Delia Ferreira Rubio, Chair of Transparency International.
Photo: Transparency International
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