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Facilitating Lithuania's ratification of the UN Convention Against Corruption

Summary

Lithuania signed the UN Convention against Corruption on December 10, 2003 in Merida, Mexico. This project aimed to review relevant national laws and legislation, and to formulate a list of follow-up activities needed to bring the Lithuanian legal system in line with the provisions stipulated within the treaty.

The ratification served as a timely opportunity to support national anti-corruption efforts and promote active dialogue among key stakeholders. UNDP in partnership with Lithuania’s Special Investigation Service, Transparency International’s Lithuanian Chapter and private sector companies, have initiated a project to evaluate the adequacy of a country’s legislation to implement the United Nations Convention against Corruption.

Parts of national legislation relating to corruption prevention need to be reviewed and updated. Additionally forging strategic partnerships among government, the private sector and civil society is necessary to enact important legal changes. This work was carried out by an expert working group consisting of national government, private sector, and civil society representatives. The businesses, Constructus, Mazeikiu Nafta and Statoil, contributed $30,000 towards implementation of the project activities.