I would like to congratulate
and thank the Government of Mexico and the Municipality
for holding this successful conference.
attaches high significance to the fight against corruption, including the
fight against transfer of funds of illicit origin, and the funneling of public
funds to private hands. Such crimes can endanger the stability and security
of societies and undermine the values of democracy, morality and the rule
of law. The illicit acquisition of personal wealth by senior public officials
can be particularly damaging to national economies and can jeopardize social,
economic and political development. Corruption impoverishes
countries and deprive their citizens of good governance. As such, promotion
of international standards, for transparency, accountability and integrity
is of utmost importance.
This Convention marks
the first global tool for fighting corruption, a task that can only be conducted
through close cooperation between all states_ The Convention sets comprehensive
standards, which are first of their kind for the fight against corruption.
believes that following the United Nations Convention Against
Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances of 1988, and
the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime of 2000,
the adoption of a Convention Against Corruption constitutes a significant
step forward in the fight against international crime. Israel
was pleased to work actively with other delegations on the formulation of
this Convention and is ready to take part in the international efforts to
achieve the goals of the Convention on the basis of due process of law.
The Convention adopts
an approach which is comprehensive and multidisciplinary and which presents
an opportunity for greater cooperation not only among states parties but also
between them, the private sector and international organizations. The fact
that this Convention deals also with officials of public international organizations
is of great importance. However, Israel
believes that further work on this matter should be done. An international
organization has a legal personality of its own and a duty of its own to fight
corruption separate from the duties of the Member States of the organization.
I hope and believe that
international cooperation in the fight against corruption can and will be
achieved. All governments have exerted enormous efforts and time to conclude
this Convention and thus sent a clear message to society that corruption shall
not and will not be tolerated and that they are determined to fight it.