Representatives from Kuwait, the United States, Russia, Bolivia, France, China, the United Kingdom, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia and Equatorial Guinea, among other members of the United Nations Security Council, were part of the debate which took place on the morning of 10th September, on maintaining international peace and security, with a focus on corruption and conflict.
The meeting was attended by the Secretary general of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, who in his speech declared that corruption is present in all countries, both rich and poor, from north to south.
He also said that corruption arises through the breakdown of public institutions, and lamented the fact that this was greater in areas of conflict, which increases hunger and poverty of the most vulnerable layers of society. For that reason, the General Secretary urged member States to be in the front line in the fight against corruption; the political structures have to operate with full transparency; achieving greater commitment to the principles of good governance; promoting the submission of accounts and the rule of law.
After thanking the General Secretary and recalling that the issue of the day was directly related to the banner adopted to mark Africa Day – “Winning the battle against corruption” – , the Equatorial Guinea Permanent Representative before the United Nations, Anatolio Ndong Mba, defined corruption as the practice of unduly using public responsibility to obtain or grant illegitimate advantage, and then stressed that for the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, not only the Law of Civic Functions for the Central State Administration prohibits and punishes, including with removal from office, officials who are involved in these practices, but also mentioned that in 2004, on 5th February, a decree was issued implementing the Law on Ethics and Dignity in the Exercise of Public Functions.
Accompanied by the First Deputy Representative, Job Obiang Esono Mbengono, the Third Deputy Representative, Amparo Mele Kolifa, and various members from the Permanent Mission, Ndong Mba also highlighted the essential role played by the Head of State, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, in the fight against corruption, and the plan outlined by the Government of his country under Horizonte 2020.
Furthermore, he made it clear that both the President and the Government had publicly condemned this practice on various occasions, taking action as a consequence, and urging the legislative power in the Republic of Equatorial Guinea to push forward with the Anti-Corruption Law, for approval and publication in as short a time as possible. He then stressed that the national development plan, known as Horizonte 2020, included as one of the major objectives outlined the implementation of good governance, which included accompanying measures, such as compliance with the Millennium Goals.
Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office