lunedì 18 ottobre 2021

The Holy See at the 2021 Economic and Environmental Dimension Implementation Meeting - Anti-corruption and good governance

(a cura Redazione "Il sismografo") 
Opening session: Taking stock of the implementation of the OSCE commitments in the field of anti-corruption and good governance - Vienna, 18 October 2021.
Madam Moderator,
The Holy See would like to thank the organizers of this year’s Economic and Environmental Dimension Implementation Meeting. We are pleased to welcome Ambassador Igli Hasani, as he begins his new role as Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities, and look forward to working with him. My Delegation affirms that Combatting Corruption remains a key focus of the Second dimension. In this regard, it is important to recall the Ministerial Council decisions on the need for Combating Corruption and its indispensable connection to good governance (1) and also to keep reminding ourselves that in the 1999 Charter for European Security, the participating States recognized “that corruption poses a great threat to the OSCE’s shared values. It generates instability and reaches into many aspects of the security, economic and human dimensions.” (2)
“Corruption is a phenomenon that is not limited by politics or geography. It exists in rich countries and in poor countries.” (3)  “By betraying ʻmoral principles and the norms of social justice,ʼ corruption hampers the attainment of integral development and the eradication of poverty. By undermining trust in public institutions and between the governing and the governed, it compromises the good functioning of a well-organized society.” (4)  
Corruption is not an issue that can be solved by Governments alone. Thus, we would like to highlight “the important contribution made by civil society organizations, corporations, faith-based organizations, and research institutions in supporting States’ effort to contrast corruption.” (5)
The Holy See acknowledges that there are still significant reasons why OSCE should maintain Anti-Corruption issues on the agenda, as a comprehensive approach to security needs to factor in its many detrimental effects.
My Delegation once more thanks the organizers for their efforts and looks forward to the comprehensive and interesting discussions in the remaining working sessions.
Thank you, Madam Moderator!   
1)  MC Decision 11/04 Sofia, MC Decision 2/12 Dublin, MC Decision 5/14 Basel, MC Decision 4/16 Hamburg.
2)  Charter for European Security, Istanbul 1999, 33.
3)  Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, “The Fight against Corruption”, 21 September 2006.
4)  Archbishop Paul R. Gallagher, Statement at the Special Session of the General Assembly on “Challenges and Measures to Prevent and Combat Corruption and Strengthen International Cooperation”, New York, 3-4 June 2021.
5)  Ibid.