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Doha Declaration calls for integrity in public life as GOPAC meet concludes

Doha Declaration calls for integrity in 
public life as GOPAC meet concludes

Meriam Jelliti
Doha
THE Global Organization of Parliamentarians against Corruption (GOPAC) issued the Doha Declaration on Tuesday following the conclusion of the 7th Global Conference of Parliamentarians against Corruption in Doha.
The Declaration was issued by the 53 GOPAC member countries as a reminder of one of the goals of the United Nations Convention against Corruption, which is to promote integrity, accountability and proper management, and as a continuation of the 2015 Yogyakarta Declaration that was adopted at the Sixth World Conference of Parliamentarians against Corruption.
The Yogyakarta Declaration emphasised the principle of integrity to ensure effective use of national resources and aid management to maintain national development priorities.
Based on a unanimous concern about increasing corruption and injustice which cause unrest around the world leading to deeper political and economic crisis in some countries, the declaration focuses on providing measures for ensuring parliamentary integrity, including a clear set of rules to address conflicts of interest and maintaining financial transparency.
The declaration calls for working towards developing transparency and accountability in public life by promoting open and reliable systems and policies that guarantee the people the right to freedom and access to information. It also seeks to strengthen the link between parliamentarians and public institutions as well as people.
It stresses importance of integrity in discharge of duties by parliamentarians as well as governmental and parliamentary institutions.
The Doha Declaration also stresses the important role of parliaments in Implementing Sustainable Development Goals, especially the 16th goal.
Highlighting the importance of coordination and cooperation, the declaration encourages alliance among members to establish real data that can help fight corruption.
The members also commended the initiative of the Amir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani to present the annual Excellence Award to those individuals and orgamnisation that show commitment towards combating corruption.
The newly elected President of the Global Organization of Parliamentarians against Corruption Fadli Zon called for supporting the organisation owing to its role in combating corruption and in achieving sustainable development for generations to come.

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