The Secretary-General of the United Nations inaugurates the Riyadh initiative “GlobE” .. and appreciates the role of Saudi Arabia in eliminating corruption – Saudi News


The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, expressed his thanks to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for its funding of the Riyadh initiative aimed at establishing the (GlobE) network during its tenure as the presidency of the G-20 countries for the past year 2020, calling on all countries to benefit from the network to the fullest, and make more efforts to eliminate corruption.

The head of the Kingdom’s delegation participating in the special session of the United Nations General Assembly devoted to combating corruption, Chairman of the Control and Anti-Corruption Authority Mazen bin Ibrahim Al-Kahmous, also extended his sincere congratulations and blessings to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz, and Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, on the occasion of The adoption by the United Nations General Assembly of the Riyadh Initiative (GlobE) to combat corruption internationally in the special session of the General Assembly devoted to combating corruption during the period 21-23 Shawwal 1442 corresponding to 2-4 June 2021.​

On this occasion, Al-Kahmous noted the high standing and international confidence that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia enjoys, and its continuous record of successes at the local and international levels in various fields, including the fight against corruption, and the unlimited support that the Commission enjoys from the rational leadership in order to strengthen its local efforts to implement Its competencies and tasks in protecting integrity and combating corruption, and in its initiatives and cooperation with regional and international bodies and organizations.

Guterres said in his speech during the first special session of the United Nations General Assembly against Corruption, which includes the launch of the “Riyadh Initiative”, the global operational network for anti-corruption law enforcement authorities (GlobE): Corruption is not only immoral behavior, but it is a serious crime, usually transnational organization, and prevents sustainable development by consuming the resources necessary to achieve it.

He added that changing the existing situation in the field of combating corruption is necessary to achieve sustainable development goals, promote peace and protect human rights, indicating that political commitment must be reaffirmed in this field, and work to strengthen international cooperation to recover assets, and actively seek to deprive the corrupt of Opportunities to have safe havens for themselves and their money.

He stated that the establishment of the Global Operations Network for Anti-Corruption Law Enforcement Authorities (GlobE), which was launched on the sidelines of the special session of the United Nations General Assembly against Corruption – held for the first time – is a concrete step towards what we hope to achieve in this field, as the network will empower law enforcement authorities The concerned law will be able to expand its legal operations through informal cross-border cooperation, which will contribute to rebuilding trust and bringing the corrupt to justice.

He pointed out that the GlobE network will assist all countries in finding practical solutions and tools to track, investigate and prosecute corrupt practices, in a way that complements other existing frameworks.

He explained that the United Nations will continue to provide technical assistance in the fight against corruption, relying on the position of the member states of the United Nations agreed upon during the period preceding the convening of the work of the special session, and based on the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC).


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