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Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption

The Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC; Arabic: المنظمة العالمية للبرلمانيين ضد الفساد; French: Organisation mondiale des parlementaires contre la corruption; Spanish: "Organización Mundialde Parlamentarios Contra la Corrupción") is an independent international institution made up of democratically elected legislators from across the world, working together to combat corruption, strengthen good government, and uphold the rule of law. Based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, GOPAC has fifty-two national chapters in five continental associations. GOPAC supports its members through original research, global anti‑corruption capacity building, and international peer support.[1]

Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption
المنظمة العالمية للبرلمانيين ضد الفساد
Organisation mondiale des parlementaires contre la corruption
Organización Mundial de Parlamentarios Contra la Corrupción
Emblem of Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruptionالمنظمة العالمية للبرلمانيين ضد الفسادOrganisation mondiale des parlementaires contre la corruptionOrganización Mundial de Parlamentarios Contra la Corrupción
Emblem
Motto: Integrity, Democracy, and the Rule of Law
GOPAC Member nations
GOPAC Member nations
Global Secretariat Ottawa
Official languages Arabic
English
French
Spanish
Membership 52 national chapters,
5 continental chapters
Leaders
Canada Akaash Maharaj
Mexico Ricardo Cervantes
Establishment
• GOPAC Charter signed
6 October 2002 (2002-10-06)
• Entry into force of Charter
1 January 2003 (2003-01-01)

GOPAC seeks to achieve ethical and accountable governance throughout the world, through effective anti-corruption mechanisms and co-operation between parliamentarians, government leaders, and civil society.

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HistoryEdit

GOPAC was founded in October 2002 as a result of a Global Conference in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada which brought together approximately 170 parliamentarians and 400 observers who were part of the international leadership in the fight against political corruption and for good governance.

As it has grown, GOPAC has formed a web of partnerships with other international institutions, including the United Nations Convention against Corruption, the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the World Bank, and Transparency International.

OrganizationEdit

GOPAC works internationally, and is present on every populated continent of the world. It operates in four official languages: Arabic; English; French; and Spanish.

MembershipEdit

Individual membership in GOPAC is open to current and former democratically-elected legislators.

There are also National Chapters in fifty-two countries, grouped into six continental regions: Africa; Latin America; North America; Oceania; South Asia; and Southeast Asia.

Individual legislators may be members of GOPAC even if there is no national chapter in their countries. Similarly, national chapters can be members of GOPAC even if their continent has not formed a continental association.

Global SecretariatEdit

The international professional hub of GOPAC is located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Global Task ForcesEdit

GOPAC's research and intellectual leadership is carried out by its five thematic Global Task Forces (GTFs): Anti-Money Laundering; Parliamentary Ethics and Conduct; Parliamentary Oversight; Participation of Society, and the United Nations Convention Against Corruption; and its Women in Parliament Network.

Global ConferenceEdit

Every two years, GOPAC convenes a Global Conference to act as an international focus for parliamentarians from across the world to set the international agenda, and to collaborate in fighting political corruption. The 2013 Global Conference was held in Manila, Philippines.

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "GOPAC Network". Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption. Retrieved 7 March 2013.