Preventing Corruption a Priority for Samoa Youth, Civil Society

Feb 17, 2016

Youth member Victor Vaauli discussing issues with other youth members during the workshop. Photo credit: UNDP/F.Mondello/2016.

Forty Samoan youth and civil society representatives are meeting in Apia this week in two workshops to look at how they can build corruption prevention into all their activities.

The “Integrity Workshop” for Samoan Youth and the “Anti-Corruption Workshop” for Civil Society Organizations are being undertaken in Samoa as a joint initiative of two United Nations agencies in partnership with the Samoan National Youth Council (SNYC) and the Samoan Umbrella for Non-Governmental Organisations (SUNGO) to provide participants with an opportunity to see how anti-corruption can be addressed in Samoa, consistent with the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC). 

The workshops are an activity of the UN-Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption (UN-PRAC) Project jointly implemented by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

“Corruption prevention is a cross cutting issue across all the 17 new Sustainable Development Goals and our UN agencies working in Samoa in a more harmonized way, as One UN, want to partner with the Government, youth and civil society to implement effective corruption prevention,” said Ms Lizbeth Cullity, the United Nations Resident Coordinator for Samoa, Niue, Cook Islands and Tokelau.

UNODC Regional Anti-Corruption Adviser, Ms Annika Wythes told participants that youth and civil society were key to interrupting corruption in other countries.

“When we talk about preventing and fighting corruption you are often the glue between the people and the Government – the way that you see an issue, address it and seek to tackle it is crucial. You are the ones who can bring about cultural change in attitudes and behaviors towards corruption. You can identify champions and start the direct, open discussions that are necessary to making any headway on this issue,” said Ms Wythes.

Both workshops are seeking to enhance participants’ understanding and awareness of Samoa’s implementation of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption, advocate for Samoa’s accession to the Convention and ongoing anti-corruption activities. Secondly, they will provide participants with a platform to discuss, share knowledge and information on possible ways to address corruption in a local context.

The workshop will also raise awareness of the assistance available to Pacific countries in implementing the Convention under UN-PRAC Project and the link to the Sustainable Development Goals. 

The Australian Government is supporting the UN-PRAC Project, a four-year USD$4.3m project in the 15 Pacific nations beg implemented by UNODC-UNDP.

Contact information

·         Emile Adams, UNDP Communication Officer, Tel: (685) 23670; E-mail: emile.adams@undp.org

·         Emily Moli, UNDP Knowledge Communications Analyst, Tel: (679) 3227 504; E-mail: emily.moli@undp.org  

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