UN Anti-corruption Convention, Vienna, 9th November 2017

Date Published: Aug. 25, 2017, 12:59 p.m.

UN Anti-corruption Convention, Vienna, 9th November 2017


he Urban GLASS project will support the participation of Mayors and local government during the debate on progress of the United Nations Convention against corruption

The Convention's far-reaching approach and the mandatory character of many of its provisions make it a unique tool for developing a comprehensive response to a global problem. 

Every two years, member states meet in Vienna to support countries  and signatories in their implementation of the Convention, to improve capacity and to enhance cooperation among the parties. 


Adopted by the UN General Assembly: 31 October 2003, by resolution 58/4 

Entry into force:14 December 2005, in accordance with article 68(1)
Signatories: 140 
Parties: 182 (as of 11 July 2017)
Ratification/Status Page »
Text of the Convention »

Fighting corruption in cities: identifying risks and reacting on time, the role of local governments


This side event will take place within the official program of the Conference of the Parties and will bring the urban particularity to the effective implementation of the UN Convention against corruption. 

The events will be co-organized by UN-Habitat and FEMP (in the framework of the Urban GLASS initiative) and in collaboration with the Austrian Association of cities and towns, United Cities and Local Governments and the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime. It will be the first time that Mayors and local governments take part of the Conference of the Parties as a constituency.

The main outcome of the session will be to identify common challenges and innovative solutions to tackle corruption in cities, bringing the local perspective and pointing out the role that local governments can play in the fight against corruption. Finally, the session aims to increase awareness on how the development and promotion of policies and initiatives of transparency and accountability at local level are key to improving the living conditions of citizens through the provision of efficient and effective services in an open, competitive and fair manner and how they can improve levels of trust in public institutions by offering citizens the tools and information needed in order to play a more active role in the management of cities.