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The special session of the General Assembly on challenges and measures to prevent and combat corruption and strengthen international cooperation will be held from 2 to 4 June 2021 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, pursuant to General Assembly resolutions 73/191 and 74/276 as well as decision 74/568 entitled “Special session of the General Assembly against corruption”.

Corruption threatens the stability and security of societies, undermines public trust and institutions, and jeopardizes sustainable development. It distorts markets, stifles economic growth and diverts funds from public services. While corruption is a global phenomenon, evidence shows that it has a disproportionate impact on certain demographics, in particular poorer communities and the most vulnerable persons. Corrupt practices have a particularly adverse impact on the lives of women, socially, politically and economically, contributing to gender disparity gap.

The special session will provide an opportunity to galvanize the political will of governments and the international community as a whole in advancing the fight against corruption. Governments will be able to take stock of global efforts and commitments and identify solutions to common challenges in preventing and combating corruption. The special session will also contribute to driving forward the efforts of countries to fully and effectively implement the Convention, including by, inter alia, sharing best practices and lessons learned.



The three-day special session will consist of plenary meetings to be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 to 6 p.m., in the General Assembly Hall.

Pursuant to General Assembly resolution 74/276, a concise and action-oriented political declaration agreed upon in advance by consensus through intergovernmental negotiations under the auspices of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption will be presented for adoption by the General Assembly at its special session. Detailed information on the preparatory process for this special session is available at the following website: www.ungass2021.org.

The President of the General Assembly will also convene a high-level supporting event on the margins of the special session, which will include interactive elements and enable participation by a range of stakeholders. Further details regarding this event will be communicated in due course.


10:00-11:00 AM
Opening Segment

Minute of silent prayer or meditation

Credentials of representatives to the special session of the General Assembly: Appointment of the members of the Credentials Committee

Election of the President

Statements by:
• President of the General Assembly
• Secretary-General of the United Nations
• President of the Economic and Social Council
• President of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption
• Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
• Youth representative

Organization of the special session

Adoption of the agenda

Adoption of the political declaration

11:00 AM-1:00 PM
General Debate

The plenary meetings will include statements by Member States, States and regional economic integration organizations parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption, observers to the General Assembly and, time permitting, a limited number of representatives from relevant organizations attending the special session.

10:00 AM-6:00 PM
General Debate continued
10:00 AM-1:00 PM
General Debate continued


3:00-6:00 PM
General Debate continued and Closing Segment

General Debate continued

Minute of silent prayer or meditation

Closing of the special session