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NZ ratifies UN Convention Against Corruption

02 December 2015

New Zealand has ratified the United Nations Convention Against Corruption, joining 177 other countries as a State Party.

The Convention addresses corruption in the private and public sectors and is a legally binding global agreement.

It focuses on four key areas: prevention, criminalisation, international cooperation, and recovery of the proceeds of corruption.

Justice Minister Amy Adams says the necessary changes to New Zealand law required before ratification were made through the Organised Crime and Anti-corruption Legislation Bill, which amended 15 Acts and was recently passed by Parliament.

After division the bill resulted in the following legislation:

Crimes Amendment Act 2015

Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Amendment Act 2015

Companies Amendment Act 2015

Criminal Investigations (Bodily Samples) Amendment Act 2015

Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Amendment Act 2015

Customs and Excise Amendment Act (No 2) 2015

Extradition Amendment Act 2015

Financial Service Providers (Registration and Dispute Resolution) Amendment Act 2015

Financial Transactions Reporting Amendment Act 2015

Income Tax Amendment Act 2015

Limited Partnerships Amendment Act 2015

Misuse of Drugs Amendment Act 2015

Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Amendment Act 2015

Policing Amendment Act 2015

Secret Commissions Amendment Act 2015

Last updated on the 2nd December 2015