High-level Political Conference for the Purpose of Signing
the United Nations Convention against Corruption
(Merida - Mexico, 9-11 December 2003)
Agenda - Item 3
Legislative measures to implement the United
Nations Convention against Corruption
Mr. Chairman, Excellencies, distinguished delegates,
Let me thank and congratulate the Mexican Government for its readiness to host this
In this context, I would like to inform this Assembly that the Portuguese legislation approved in the years past already covers all or most of the areas dealt with by the Convention.
I am, therefore, quite confident that we will not run into difficulties on the ratification of the Convention, which will certainly be forthcoming.
They form undoubtedly an integrated and coherent normative framework for the fight
Allow me, Mr. Chairman, to express my sincere hope that this Conference will further the entry into force, in the very near future, of the Convention we have signed today.
Let us make deeds and not only words.
Two weeks before Christmas, when so many of us think of the best gifts to offer to our dear ones, what better Christmas gift could we think of to offer to our children and to the millions and millions of destitute around the world than the signature of this Convention and its translation into actual deeds?
It is a great honor to be able to sign this Convention and play our modest but significant part to foster a better future, but it will be our greater honor to tie our names and
Governments to the effective enablement of its provisions.
May you have a Merry Christmas and a Very Prosperous New Year.
Thank you, Mr. Chairman and distinguished delegates, for your attention.