Directorate for Public Governance

Global Forum on Public Governance: Building a Cleaner World, Paris 2009



The Forum started with an opening plenary session to address the main challenges and outline approaches for fostering integrity through good governance measures.


The Global Forum was structured around six parallel interactive workshop sessions on key building blocks of Integrity Framework:

  • Components: instruments, procedures, structures and good practices for building a coherent Integrity Framework; and
  • Areas vulnerable to corruption risk: public-private sector interface such as public procurement and contracting or conflict of interest.


The workshops were designed to ensure a maximum involvement by participants. Workshop sessions started with short expert presentations on national experience to set the scene for an open exchange of views on key aspects of the workshop themes.


Specific emphasis  was put on reviewing concrete experiences from different perspectives with regard to socio-political and administrative contexts in order to understand conditions for success.


The workshop moderators represented by academics provided a neutral ground for discussions, summarised the main conclusions and reported key workshop results at the plenary session.




 Opening Plenary Session


The Global Forum started with a plenary session where leaders from OECD member and non-member countries set the stage on the main challenges and strategies to foster integrity.


The OECD Secretary General, Mr. Angel Gurría drew a global vision of building integrity. He explained how the Forum would contribute to the OECD strategic response to the crisis to build cleaner, fairer and stronger economies.

Mr. Siim Kallas, Vice-president of the European Commission, Commissioner for Administrative Affairs, Audit, and Anti-Fraud gave an overview of the European Commission’s efforts to enhance transparency, accountability and integrity at the European level. See full-text speech (PDF 124kb)


The Dutch Secretary General of Ministry of Interior and Kingdom Relations, Ms. Roos Van Erp-Bruinsma presented the perspective of an OECD member country in the promotion of integrity. She outlined the initiatives of the Netherlands in the field of integrity and presented the Catalogue of promising practices developed in the European Union. 


The Chilean Minister Mr. José Antonio Viera-Gallo from the Ministry of the General Secretariat of the Presidency presented a view of an accession country. He explained Chile’s path to combat corruption and foster integrity through more transparency and access to information. See full-text speech (PDF 193kb)


Mr. Mohammed Abbou, Minister Delegate to the Prime Minister from Morocco gave an overview of Morocco’s efforts to modernise and reform its state institutions to guarantee that integrity is at the heart of its initiatives.




 Reflections of invited stakeholders


The Forum also gave the floor to reflections from invited stakeholders from civil society, trade unions, business community and non-OECD member countries to share their reflections and views on building a culture of integrity.


Mr. Tadahiro Asami, Secretary General of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) to the OECD emphasised the need to closely align corporate and public governance principles to build clean economies.


Then Mr. Peter Waldorff, General Secretary of Public Services International and also member of the Trade Union Advisory Committee (TUAC) to the OECD underlined that creating an environment where employees can fearlessly  report wrong-doing and where collective bargaining is fostered are key to building integrity.


Mr. Jacques Terray, Vice-Chair Transparency International France highlighted the importance of citizens’ and civil society’s involvement as a third party to validate instruments and tools for building a culture of integrity.

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