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Bangladesh now vice president of UN anti-corruption body

Sabah Mannan

The United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) which is a joint treaty discussed by UN member states and backed by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime has elected Bangladesh as its Vice President of the Conference of the States Parties. The disclosure was issued in a press release on Tuesday by the Bangladesh embassy to Austria.To represent Bangladesh, the country’s Ambassador to Austria and Bangladesh’s Permanent Representative to the UN Offices in Vienna, Md Abu Zafar has been elected as one of the three vice presidents who will serve the duty under the Asia Pacific Group for two years. New officials will be elective as VPs in November 2019.Currently, the team at the 7th session of UNCAC is being lead by Md Abu Zafar. The convention began last Monday and will continue through the end of this week in Vienna. According to the UN news centre, over 1,600 participants are attending the COSP7 with about 45 side events and exhibitions that will be held on the margins of the conference to encourage discussion on anti-corruption activities. Adopted in 2003, the Convention covers five main areas: prevention, criminalization and law enforcement measures, international cooperation, asset recovery, and technical assistance and information exchange.

Source: Banglanews and Dhaka Tribune

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