Global Integrity Summit calls for integrity at the G20

LUISA COOLS

The Global Integrity summit discusses ethics and integrity for the upcoming G20. Photo:  Luisa Cools

The Global Integrity summit discusses ethics and integrity for the upcoming G20. Photo: Luisa Cools

Ethics, integrity and corruption were hot topics for the Global Integrity Summit at the Queensland Conservatorium yesterday.

Over 300 academics, business professionals and students from all over the world attended the two-day event to discuss the ethics and integrity challenges of the 2014 G20 agenda.

A panel of 29 representatives from The World Bank, international integrity agencies, law tribunals and business leaders headed the debate.

In the opening address, GI Summit Convenor Professor Charles Sampford said there is a great deal of ethical work that needs to be done to maintain global integrity at the G20.

“Ethics is prior to and more important than economics,” Mr Sampford said.

“When greed turns to panic it is very hard to know when it will stop.”

University of New South Wales Centre for Law, Markets and Regulation Director Justin O’Brien cautioned the panel about making sweeping generalisations.

“You cannot look at these issues and lump them all together,” Mr O’Brien said.

“The more we generalise, the more we find it difficult to find sensible solutions.”

GI Summit Deputy Convenor Rhiannon Phillips said she is hoping to produce an implementable framework for change.

“It’s really great to see all these perspectives and to hear about the problems in some of the other countries,” Ms Phillips said.

“The big challenge for us is how to turn all those ideas into something that is somewhat actionable.”

The 2014 G20 Summit will be held on 15 and 16 November in Brisbane.

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