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Fighting Corruption, Promoting Good Governance

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This publication presents a framework for Commonwealth Principles on Promoting Good Governance and Combating Corruption. It was endorsed by Heads of Government at their Summit in Durban in 1999 as the basis for pursuing concerted strategies based on ‘zero tolerance’ for all types of corruption at national and global levels. This publication includes the full report of the Expert Group. It examines the nature of corruption and its different dimensions as well as appropriate responses to the problems it poses. The book proposes actions at national and international levels which the Group sees as being necessary if countries are to successfully combat corruption and promote good governance.

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A Global Compact Against Corruption

Existing international legally binding conventions against corruption (e.g. the OECD's Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials, the Council of Europe's Criminal Law Convention on Corruption and the Inter-American Convention Against Corruption) are all significant instruments attesting to the growing international commitment to fight corruption with legally enforceable measures. However, these conventions are not universal and vary widely in terms of their scope (e.g. the OECD Convention does not cover acts of bribery in relation to foreign political parties).

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