Jonathan Fanton Joins III Board of Directors
Integrity Initiatives International is honored to welcome historian and humanitarian Dr. Jonathan Fanton to III’s Board of Directors. Dr. Fanton’s knowledge and insight will be invaluable for III as we continue to campaign to end grand corruption and promote the establishment of an International Anti-Corruption Court. Dr. Fanton is the immediate past President of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Previously Dr. Fanton has served as President of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the President of The New School for Social Research, and the Interim Director of the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College. Dr. Fanton has served as board chair for several organizations, including Human Rights Watch, the Security Council Report, and the New York State Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities. He currently serves on the boards of Scholars at Risk, the Asian Cultural Council, and the Benjamin Franklin House, and he chairs the advisory board of the Newman’s Own Foundation. Dr. Fanton recognizes, as does III, that grand corruption is a major human rights issue worldwide and his passion to combat kleptocracy makes him an important addition to our board.
The International Anti-Corruption Court
Around the world, support and momentum are building for the creation of an International Anti-Corruption Court. In November 2018, the United Nations adopted a resolution calling for the convening of a Special Session of the General Assembly in the first half of 2021 “on challenges and measures to prevent and combat corruption and strengthen international cooperation.’’ In January 2019, Colombia became the first country to call on the United Nations specifically to create the IACC and make it a key focus of the 2021 Special Session. In May 2019, Peru joined Colombia in backing the IACC, as President of Colombia Iván Duque Márquez and President of Peru Martín Vizcarra signed a Joint Presidential Declaration calling for further study and action to establish an IACC. On June 12, 2019, Colombian Foreign Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo delivered opening remarks, including a call for support of the IACC, to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Expert Group Meeting in Oslo, Norway. Through III and allied anti-corruption NGOs, support continues to grow internationally–from presidents, cabinet-level leaders, diplomats, legal experts, and courageous and determined young people from nations throughout the world, on every continent.
Oslo Statement endorses consideration of International Anti-Corruption Court
III is pleased that the Outcome Statement from the United Nations Global Expert Group Meeting on Corruption convened in Oslo June 12-14 endorsed further exploration of the creation of an International Anti-Corruption Court, one of the key strategic priorities of III. The statement, issued after a meeting of more than 140 experts representing more than 50 countries, recommended that “innovative ideas to end impunity should be explored… such as establishing an international anti-corruption court.” III is grateful that the Expert Group’s statement creates important, additional momentum for the United Nations Convention Against Corruption Conference of States Parties to add discussion of the International Anti-Corruption Court to the 2021 Special Session agenda. The full text of the Oslo statement may be found below, and support for exploring further the International Anti-Corruption Court concept is part of Recommendation 46.