Bhutan deposits UN convention against corruption

A delegation from Bhutan is currently attending the 71st session of the UN general assembly

UN: Foreign minister Damcho Dorji deposited Bhutan’s Instrument of Ratification of the UN Convention Against Corruption on September 21.

The Instrument of Ratification was deposited with the UN Secretary-General during the annual Treaty Event held on the sidelines of the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, USA.

The convention was adopted by the UNGA in October 2003, and entered into force on 14 December 2005. The convention has 175 state parties. Bhutan signed the convention in September 2005 during the annual UN Treaty Event in New York on the sidelines of the 60th session of the UNGA.

The convention seeks to address global corruption through prevention; criminalisation and law enforcement measures; international cooperation; asset recovery; technical assistance; and information exchange. The convention is the sole universal legal instrument designed to help the public and private sectors prevent and fight corruption globally. It is the first comprehensive framework endorsed by the international community, and represents a landmark global consensus on the issue of corruption.

The convention was ratified by the 6th session of the National Assembly and the 16th session of the National Council. Royal Assent was received in May 2016.

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