opening panel at Commonwealth ConferenceThe Commonwealth held a pre-Summit Conference to look at "best practice" in tackling corruption [credit: Debbie Ransome]

The first global Anti-Corruption Summit took place in London on Thursday 12 May. Leaders, transparency advocates and legal experts looked at an agreement for a global response to tackle corruption.

In closing proceedings, UK Prime Minister David Cameron described the first Summit as the “coalition of the committed” at the start of a journey to make sure that there is nowhere for those involved in corruption to hide their money.

Here is the final Summit communique, the Global Declaration against corruption and country statements.

On the eve of the Anti-Corruption Summit, the Commonwealth Secretariat hosted the Tackling Corruption Together conference in London on Wednesday 11 May in partnership with Transparency International, Thomson Reuters, the Omidyar entrepreneur Network, the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council, business leaders initiative, the B Team, and campaigning and advocacy agency, ONE.

Senior representatives from government, business and civil society organisations addressed the conference to look at Commonwealth best practice in dealing with corruption. The stated aim had been to provide an opportunity for global leaders from civil society, business and government, who are championing the fight against corruption, to come together to reinforce and showcase successful anti-corruption initiatives.

You can review highlights from the 11 May Commonwealth Conference via the video link below.