The fifth session of the Implementation Review Group under the framework of the Mechanism for the Review of Implementation of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption, is holding its session from the 2nd – 6th June 2014 in Vienna, Austria.

This week all signatories on the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) met to report on their implementation on UNCAC, particularly chapters III (criminalization) and IV (International Cooperation).

Solomon Islands has recently completed an Executive Summary of its UNCAC Review and submitted it to the Secretariat in Vienna during this week’s Review.

Solomon Islands was reviewed by the Republic of Iraq and Slovak Republic early this year. The review outlines the successes as well as the challenges Solomon Islands is facing in implementing obligations under chapters III and IV of UNCAC.

The Solomon Islands report was submitted by the Special Secretary to the Prime Minister – Dr Phillip Tagini on Monday 2 June 2014.

“The Review is useful because it paints the picture of Solomon Islands in terms of its work to eradicate corruption. It shows what else needs to happen in order for Solomon Islands to comply with its obligations. This is an important standard and in the future it will be the yardstick to measure leadership” Dr Tagini said.

There is a need to widely communicate the requirements of the UNCAC so that leaders and people know about the boundaries they cannot cross before being caught by the UNCAC principles and provisions.

At this fifth session, Dr. Phillip Tagini and Derek Futaiasi of the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet represent Solomon Islands.


Source: Press Release, Government Communications Unit