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#COSP | First committee of the United Nations Against Corruption happens today

Updated: Jul 26, 2019

[By Maria Eduarda Panza]

The first committee session of the Conference of The State Parties (COSP) to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) happened this thursday, July 25th at 08:30 in the morning. And the discussions revolved around topics such as the protection of whistleblowers, the verification of the information coming from them etc.

The main topic of the committee was how to deal with incentives for the whistleblowers, if they should exist or not and, if decided so, what they should become. Some countries like Switzerland, Brazil and France strongly disagreed with the idea of monetary compensation for whistleblowers, but agreed that there could exist other types of incentive. The United States of America (USA) and Japan were not present for the committee.

The regulations on whistleblowing in China have many incentives such as financial incentives for reports on crimes like money laundering or any economic crime. There are many kinds of corruption in the government, especially in the Army.

The People’s Republic of China made it clear that those incentives are really necessary to improve the institutions, in which the employees may not feel comfortable coming forward.

The committee has made the collective decision to change the definition of whistleblower on Article 33 of UNCAC, since it was determined that it was not specific enough for understanding.

The session was adjourned and further discussions will be continued

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