3 December 2021, Geneva, Switzerland – For as long as corruption thrives, climate action cannot succeed. It has been empirically established that corruption fuels climate change and that climate action plans without anti-corruption action are ripe for failure. As we are all experiencing, as individuals and within our respective communities, failure is not an option. This is why the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG) demand urgent action to combat climate change and to fight corruption in all its forms.

The intricate links between corruption and climate change need to be established clearly in the public’s mind, and discussed at all levels of governance. However, to this day, this issue is still failing to attract enough public attention. To address this shortcoming, the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) and UNITAR organized a virtual panel discussion with Dr. Larry Johnson (Permanent Observer at the UN for IACA), Pawan Kumar Sinha (Director of Academic Programmes, IACA), Dr. Ana María Kleymeyer (International Law and Policy Advisor), and Dr. Marcelo Rocha (Senior Expert on Climate Change Governance), to address the major issues surrounding corruption and global warming. The panelists focused on the crucial role of diplomacy and international negotiations in achieving the SDGs on climate change and in hardwiring anti-corruption measures into climate actions and policies.

Building the way forward : the Executive Diploma in Anti-Corruption and Diplomacy

UNFCCC/Kiara Worth

Bringing the role of diplomacy in anti-corruption efforts to the fore, UNITAR is launching the Executive Diploma in Anti-Corruption and Diplomacy in March 2022 as part of a joint effort with the IACA. The Executive Diploma is a part-time online programme conducted over a period of six months. It is geared towards professionals with a background in anti-corruption, diplomacy, international relations, or other related field where corruption poses a challenge. The Diploma combines IACA expertise in anti-corruption, and UNITAR’s expertise in diplomacy, to train participants to work effectively within a variety of multicultural contexts. The course aims to equip learners with state-of-the-art knowledge in the field of anti-corruption. The programme includes modules on anti-corruption, cybersecurity, ethics and diplomacy, including negotiation skills and cross-cultural communication, and provides participants with the opportunity to become part of a unique global network.

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