H.E the President of Nazaha Dr. Khalid bin Abdulmohsen Al-Mehaisen, thanked all the participated entities in Saudi Arabia's contribution with the world community in celebrating the International Anti-Corruption Day. As well as the Nazaha's seventh forum entitled (Risks of Corruption and Ways of Addressing Them), which was held on Sunday, December 9th, 2018, at the Hilton Jeddah Hotel, under the patronage and attendance of His Royal Highness Prince Khalid Al Faisal, Consultant for the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, and Prince of Makkah Province.
In addition, Dr. Khalid bin Abdulmohsen Al-Mehaisen expressed his appreciation to the participating entities in the forum, and to the members of society in celebrating this occasion, appreciating their cooperation and interaction to raise awareness of corruption risks, indicating that Nazaha has been always working in partnership with the public and private sectors since its inception, with an aim to raise public awareness on the concept of corruption and promote ethical conduct. In addition H.E. explained the risks and effects of corruption and the importance of maintaining integrity, promote self-censorship, as well as having a culture of zero tolerance toward corruption and encourage citizens and residents to cooperate with the entities involved in combating corruption and reporting corruption crimes. Furthermore, H.E. encouraged civil society organizations and the media to cooperate and contribute in this regard.
Moreover, the Kingdom represented by the National Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha) in partnership and collaboration with many governmental entities and private sector organizations, celebrating with the international community the International Anti-Corruption Day by holding this forum, entitled (United to Combat Corruption), reflecting the importance of cooperation of international community with joined efforts of national entities and institutions of the society to maintain integrity and combat corruption.
Furthermore, Dr. Khalid bin Abdulmohsen Al-Mehaisen pointed that: Nazaha has previously organized the International Anti-Corruption Day Program. Which aims to coordinate with relevant entities to implement their awareness and educational programs on this occasion. Also to raise awareness among the public and government officials of corruption risks. The forum was organized by experts from inside and outside the Saudi Arabia to achieve a number of objectives, including the definition of the concept of corruption risks, the mechanisms of identifying high-risk activities, the available means to reduce the risks of corruption and the exchange of expertise and experience in this field.
H.E. expressed his desire and hopes that local and international efforts would continue to support the fruitful and constrictive cooperation in the field of maintaining integrity and combating corruption, adding that Nazaha is looking forward to increasing the efforts made by public and private sectors, and civil society intuitions in future events, to reflect Saudi Arabia's global position and standing as a member of the Anti-Corruption Working Group to consolidate the values of integrity, transparency and combating corruption. Which contributes to the achievement of the Saudi Vision 2030, where it made "transparency", "integrity" and "anti-corruption" its key pillars.
During the forum, the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts and Nazaha Clubs in universities and colleges participated in a side event aiming to enhance the cooperation between the Association and the Clubs with Nazaha in the area of organizing events and cultural and artistic programs that promote integrity and community partnership. In addition, numerous governmental and private entities participated from different provinces of the Kingdom and interacted to prepare awareness programs for the International Anti-Corruption Day.
On October 31, 2003, The United Nations General Assembly adopted the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), where The Kingdom became a state party to the (UNCAC) after ratification the Convention. Moreover, The General Assembly chose the 9th of December of each year to be the International Anti-Corruption Day, in order to raise awareness about the dilemma of corruption and the role of the Convention in combating and preventing this dilemma. Nazaha works to follow up the implementation of the obligations contained in the international conventions about maintaining integrity and combating corruption to which the Kingdom is a state party, most notably the (UNCAC).