Addressing the United Nations
19 May 2015, 08h30 EDT (UTC-4)
In the UN General Assembly Chamber
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I recently addressed the United Nations General Assembly Chamber in my role as CEO of the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC). My passion for my mission to the United Nations in no way diminished how intimidating the experience was.
GOPAC’s parliamentarians believe that there are some forms of corruption so grave, whose effects on human life, human rights, and human welfare are so catastrophic, that they should shock the conscience of the international community and mobilise the will of nations to act across borders.
Too often, the perpetrators of Grand Corruption are able to use their illicit wealth and power to pervert or co-opt the national institutions that should call them to account. As a result, the worst offenders are always the least likely to face domestic justice. In such cases, when national authorities are unwilling or unable to act, we believe that the international community has a responsibility to step forward.
In my address, I presented GOPAC’s strategy to employ international law to bring the world’s worst kleptocrats to justice. We are already at work implementing the first phase.
I felt honoured to speak for parliamentarians across the world at the United Nations, and I hope that I advanced our cause and honoured my country.