I take the helm of the Global Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) grateful for the trust and faith reposed in me by the Board. I hold Dr. Nasser Al Sane, outgoing Chair, and John Williams, past CEO and founder, in the highest regard. Their leadership and vision have propelled GOPAC to great heights in its first decade (2002-2012).
The ranks of parliamentarians convinced that good leaders who make good laws nurture good citizens are swelling. At the same time, the global battle against corruption is at its strongest. The anti-corruption movement enjoys broad support nationally and internationally. The people are squarely behind us—and they are the most powerful force for transparency and accountability and source of a protective mantle for good governance champions and whistleblowers.
For these reasons, I take on the challenge and responsibility that come with being Chair of GOPAC with hope and optimism. But while tremendous progress has been achieved in the last decade, much more needs to be done. The United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) remains our strongest weapon. Hence, its effective implementation remains our most pressing concern.
GOPAC believes that the fight should begin with the simplest measures, such as a regulatory audit of outdated laws, rules and regulations to uproot the most common sources of corruption.
GOPAC’s Global Task Forces — on Anti-Money Laundering; the UNCAC; Parliamentary Oversight; Parliamentary Ethics; and Participation of Society — continue to craft handbooks for our members. To ensure greater success, we encourage our members to adapt these practical tools and guidelines to their respective political and cultural milieu.
As it commences its second decade, GOPAC is all the more resolved to build and strengthen a community of leaders to lead the global campaign for good governance.
Edgardo J. Angara