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#COSP | China will not be participating in the production of a transparency awareness short film

[By Maria Eduarda Panza]

On July 27th, the seventh committee session for the Conference of the State Parties (COSP) to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) made a decision to make a documentary about the importance of transparency.

The short film will help brinG awareness to the significance of public access to information about their own country's data, including the private sector as well.

The committee released a statement:

"In a show of support to the fight against corruption and the quest for a more transparent and just society, the following nations are joined together in the making of a short film regarding the right of access to information.The documentary aims to raise awareness about the importance of public access to their own countries information provided by the administration. The campaign also seeks to inform all citizens about their duty to monitor their government officials’ undertakings.

Signatories: French Republic, Federal Republic of Germany, The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Republic of Korea, Republic of Colombia, Swiss Confederation."

However, it was not a consensus. The People's Republic of China and the Russian Federation did not agree with the making of this short film as they both believe that each country should have the liberty to decide what they should disclose or not to their public.

The two delegations released a response to the official statement:

"The People's Republic of China and the Russian Federation have decided not to join the West-sponsored campaign regarding transparency. Our nations believe in the autonomy of each State to promote its own initiatives to fight against corruption. We support actions towards information security as they are vital to ensure national interests."

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