Building Integrity Newsletter Summer 2015N 5 A Message from NATO Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy (ASG PASP)Launched in 2007, the NATO Building Integrity (BI) Programme is aimed at strengthening transparency, accountability and integrity in the defence and security sector. The focus of the BI Programme is on promoting good practice and reducing the risk of corruption. The importance of good governance in all sectors cannot be overestimated. NATO and national experience in the defence and security sector make clear that corruption and mismanagement of public resources undermine trust and reduce effectiveness. The experience of the international community also shows that corruption is a contributor to and is an unwelcome byproduct of Speaking on Ukraine at the recent meeting of Defence Ministers in Brussels, the NATO Secretary corruption. In February of this year, nations launched BI-Phase III. A Trust Fund led by Belgium, Bulgaria, Norway, Poland, Switzerland and the UK provides resources for the BI Programme. Our aim is to embed and mainstream BI into NATO and partnerships tools and mechanisms and provide tailored support for nations requesting assistance. The primary tool to identify and promote good practice is the BI Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ) and Peer Review Process. The Peer Review Process led by action plan. I am pleased that already this year Armenia, Colombia, and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia1 have submitted completed Self Assessments. The Vice Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic and Peer Review Process to seventeen. I am also pleased to report on the progress made in implementing the BI Education and Training Plan agreed by the North Atlantic Council in August 2014. Working in close collaboration, the NATO International Staff (IS), the NATO Military Authorities (NMAs) and the Norwegian Centre for Integrity in the Defence BI reference curriculum. This approach makes maximum use of existing education opportunities and resources. for a NATO BI policy and development of guidance and doctrine to improve operational effectiveness and unity of effort. The need for such a policy was one of the key issues discussed by senior leaders at the 2015 BI Conference conducted in the USA earlier this year. Nations will resume discussions on this topic in the autumn. At the June meeting of the G7 in Germany, Prime Minister Cameron called on international institutions to put the problem of corruption at the heart of our international dialogue. He made a compelling case understood by NATO and its partners. The launch of Phase III of the BI Programme demonstrates our commitment to action. Ambassador Thrasyvoulos Terry Stamatopoulos1 Turkey recognizes the Republic of Macedonia with its constitutional name.We have to have the long-term perspective and understand the importance of reform, building institutions, corruption.NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg Meeting of Defence Ministers June 2015
Update on Annual EventsBIANNUAL BI CONFERENCE WASHINGTON, DCThe 2015 NATO BI Conference took place on 23 25 February 2015 in Washington, the title Countering Corruption: Integrating transparency, accountability and integrity into the fabric of our defence institutions and forces, the conference attracted more Allied and Partner countries as well as international organizations and civil society. The event was co-chaired by Ambassador Terry Stamatopoulos and Mr. Bob Scher, Assistant Secretary of Defence for Strategy, Plans and Capabilities, OSD. and military authorities to develop a better understanding of the strategic impact of corruption on security and to identify practical solutions for the promotion of good governance in the defence and security sector. In the plenary and syndicate discussions nations emphasised the importance of the NATO BI Programme in providing tailored support to build capacity for effective of resources and in identifying good practices and solutions to address gaps. The conference further examined the link between corruption and security, addressing corruption as a driver and as the outcome of insecurity, Participants concluded that corruption is a threat to international security and a structured approach is needed to mitigate risks and to promote good practice, in particular as regards NATO led operations and missions and in the context of capacity building in fragile states. BI REQUIREMENTS WORKSHOP NAPLES The BI Requirements Workshop took place on 24 25 March 2015 in Naples, Italy. It was organised by the NATO IS in cooperation with Allied Joint Force Command Naples. NATO civilian and military authorities and national representatives reviewed and updated the BI Training Requirements Analysis and non-specialist education within the NATO Command Structure as well as national defence establishments. This includes addressing needs at the political, political-military, strategic, operational and tactical levels.Mr. Bob Scher, OSD welcomes participants to the 2015 BI Conference Washington, DC
The Building Integrity Programme highlights the very core of NATO our fundamental values as the Washington Treaty put them forward in 1949: liberal democracy, the rule of law, and individual freedom.Ine Eriksen Sreide, Norwegian Minister of DefenceANNUAL DISCIPLINE CONFERENCE OSLOFrom June 8 10, more than 90 attendees from 31 Allied and Partner countries attended the 2015 BI Annual Discipline Conference. The conference, hosted by the Norwegian Centre for the Integrity in authorities as well as the private sector and civil society. The aim of the conference was to review and Education and Training Plan. Opening the conference, the Norwegian Minister of Defence, Ine Eriksen promotes some crucial elements that are an integral part of those values. Vice Admiral Javier Gonzalez-Huix, Deputy Chief of Staff Joint Force Trainer at Allied Command Chief of Staff at Joint Forces Command Naples, observed that, corruption as an asymmetrical tactic countries . therefore, NATO must develop effective corruption-countering policies, concepts and and avoid hybrid warfare attacks. Oslo, Norway
Update on BI National and Regional ProgrammesAFGHANISTANA meeting of the BI Experts Group on Afghanistan (BIEGA) was held at NATO HQ in part of an ongoing process of reviewing lessons learned with a view to shaping a BI strategy within the framework of the Enduring Partnership covering the period 2015 2017. The aim is to update the existing Tailored Programme to Build Integrity and Reduce the Risk of Corruption in the Afghan National ARMENIAFirst Deputy Minister of Defence David Tonoyan presented the completed NATO BI SAQ to Ambassador Terry Stamatopoulos on 30 April 2015. Analysis of the information and a Peer Review visit are planned in the autumn. As part of its ongoing effort to carry out institutional reform, the Armenian Ministry of Defence has introduced a Test of Honesty, based on the NATO SAQ, to familiarise personnel of the Ministry with the NATO BI Programme and further facilitate the completion of the survey. This practice has now been shared with other countries participating in the NATO BI Programme as an example of how to communicate accountability in the management of resources and introduce such reforms. These experiences were shared at the NATO BI 2015 Conference in Washington by Deputy Defence Minister Nazaryan. The 89th Rose Roth Seminar held in Yerevan on 18 20 June, conducted by the NATO Parliamentary Assembly with the National Assembly of Armenia, included a panel discussion addressing BI as a component of security sector reform. The panel emphasised that lack of integrity contributes to instability and insecurity. BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINABosnia and Herzegovina completed the BI SAQ and Peer Review Process in September 2014, and attention is now focused on implementing the Peer Review Report recommendations. The Ministry of Defence is expected to develop an Integrity Plan following the adoption of a national anti-corruption strategy. As part of an overall approach to mainstream BI, Bosnia and Integrity Development, to take into account the recommendations of the Peer Review Report. The Assistant Defence Minister for International Cooperation contributed to the discussions at the 2015 BI Conference at Washington and, in particular, sharing experiences and lessons learned of the SAQ and Peer Review Process. COLOMBIAIn the margins of the NATO 2015 BI Conference in Washington, the Ministry of Defence of Colombia submitted the completed NATO SAQ to Ambassador Terry Stamatopoulos, ASG PASP. Analysis of the information is underway and a Peer Review visit is planned in the early autumn. ASG PASP receives the completed NATO BI SAQ from First Deputy Minister of Defence David Tonoyan ASG PASP receives the completed NATO BI SAQ from Colombian Vice Admiral Cesar Augusto Narvaez Arciniegas
GEORGIAImmediately after the completion of the NATO BI SAQ and Peer Review Process in December 2013, the Ministry of Defence started to implement recommendations of the NATO Peer Review Report including introducing new reforms, raising awareness of civil servants and sector and making it more accountable and transparent is now shared with other countries implementing the BI Programme. The NATO IS continues to work with Georgia to develop its plans for a BI tailored component at the Defence Institution Building (DIB) school.ICELANDThe NATO IS met with a delegation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to take stock of cooperation to date and to explore possibilities for cooperation with BI, in particular as regards the impact of gender.ITALYThe NATO IS met a delegation from the Ministry of Defence of Italy to discuss the possibilities for cooperation in the framework of the NATO BI Programme. The accountability and integrity in the defence and security sector.KYRGYZ REPUBLIC At the BI 2015 Conference in Washington, a representative of the Kyrgyz Ministry of Defence stressed the importance of reforms in the defence and security sector. that his country is interested in making use of NATO BI tools to support planned reforms in the defence and security sector. The Ministry of Defence plans to host a NATO BI Seminar in the second half of the year. MOLDOVAIn the context of the NATO Defence Capacity Building Initiative (launched at the NATO Heads of State and Government of Wales, September 2014), the Moldovan defence this request and part of a follow-up DCB Assessment visit, the NATO BI Programme is a full component of the NATO Defence Capacity Building Package. The completion of the BI Peer Review Process will the management of defence resources. MONTENEGROAs recommended by the Peer Review Report completed in December 2013, Montenegro of Montenegro and established a working group to monitor and oversee its implementation. As part of its commitment to strengthen transparency, the Ministry of Defence of Montenegro, supported by the NATO IS, published the complete text of the Peer Review Report and the Integrity Plan. The English version was launched at the 2015 BI Conference as an example of a good practice. The Montenegrin language version will be published in the second half of 2015. As part of efforts to mainstream BI and to make maximum use of existing partnership mechanisms Montenegro has included a new Partnership Goal Integrity Development in its Partnership Goals 2014 Promotion of the principles of good governance, integrity, transparency and accountability, as against corruption, will continue to be among top priorities. Safeguarding these values will strengthen credibility of our defence system, improve effectiveness and legitimacy of national institutions, and enhance military capabilities, thereby contributing to democratisation of Montenegrin society as a whole. Dr. Milica PejanovicDjurisic, Minister of Defence of Montenegro in Building Integrity: Process and Impact
visit to Podgorica in February 2015. The agreed PARP Report for Montenegro includes Partnership Goals amended to take into account the recommendations of the Peer Review Report, namely Public Information, Personnel Management, Integrity Development, and Defence Planning and Budgeting Procedures.POLAND and should be handed over to NATO HQ in the near future. SERBIA the importance of good governance in the defence sector and expressed interest in extending the implementation of the NATO BI Programme with other institutions within the defence and security sector. THE FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIAThe completed BI SAQ has been submitted to Ambassador Terry Stamatopoulos, ASG PASP. The Peer Review visit is expected to take place in the course of the second half of 2015.TUNISIAThe NATO BI Programme was one of the topics raised by Ambassador Terry Stamatopoulos, ASG PASP, during his June visit to Tunis. UNITED KINGDOMLondon has signalled its plans to complete the NATO BI SAQ. UKRAINEIn the context of the NATO BI Tailored Programme for Ukraine and the implementation of the Annual National Plan for 2015, a series of activities took place in Ukraine to support implementation of the recommendations set out in the NATO BI Peer Review Report. In May, a 2 day BI Seminar was organised in cooperation with the Lviv Military Academy with trainers from the Herzegovina), and Georgian Ministry of Defence. Representatives of the National Defence University also participated in this event. The exchanges with cadets and academic staff focused on integrity, accountability and transparency as well as corruption risks in operations. In June, a series of consultations took place with representatives of various defence institutions and new anti-corruption structures resulting from BI Ukraine Work Programme.
Upcoming Activities Supported by the BI Trust FundSENIOR NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICERS BUILDING INTEGRITY COURSEThe Peace Support Operations Training Center (PSOTC) will organise the Senior Non-Commissioned a member of the BI task force Joint Force Command Naples will present the NATO BI Programme and FRIENDS OF UKRAINE The third BI coordination meeting in the framework of the NATO BI Tailored Programme for Ukraine will be conducted at NATO HQ on 15 July. This meeting is aimed at taking stock of implementation of occasion to review possible gaps and explore further areas of cooperation to support Ukraine.BI REFERENCE CURRICULUM curriculum. The meeting will be conducted at NATO HQ, 27 28 July 2015. The reference curriculum is being developed to support implementation of the BI Education and Training plan. It will be used to assist nations in updating their national curriculum, evaluating existing courses and developing new education and training opportunities. Allies and Partners are invited to support the development of this new BI tool BUILDING INTEGRITY IN PEACE SUPPORT OPERATIONS COURSEOn 31 August 4 September 2015, PSTOC will organise the OF2-OF4 course on Building Integrity in Peace Support Operation (ACT.495.2). This course is also part of the NATO BI Tailored Programme speakers to address anti-corruption efforts in operations and missions, introduction to anti-corruption legal framework, leadership in BI and on how proper procurement and contracting prevent corruption and help to build integrity. BUILDING INTEGRITY INSTITUTIONAL ENHANCEMENT COURSE ON HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENTCIDS will conduct a BI Institutional Enhancement Course on Human Resources Management from 22 24 September in Oslo. The course will provide a broad overview of the principles of modern public sector human resources management, with a focus on the armed forces, and covers international standards, ethics, promotion, remuneration, and recruitment. DEFENCE LEADERSHIP IN BUILDING INTEGRITY COURSE School in Oberammergau, Germany. The course covers topics such as how to identify and reduce the risk of corruption, taking into account its gender implications, how to integrate corruption-reducing strategies into management and procurement, and how to embed and strengthen transparency, accountability, and integrity in national defence establishments, including in the context of operations and missions.The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a army, Dwight D. Eisenhower
1272-15 NATO GRAPHICS & PRINTING 07 / 2015 PUBLICATIONS lessons learned in Phase I and II. The revised text can be downloaded from the BI website. A new handbook for practitioners, Integrity Action Plan, is available in English and French. Additional text available on the BI website include the report on the 2015 BI Conference, a revised fact sheet on BI and gender and the Peer Review Report and the Integrity Plan for the MOD and Armed Forces of Montenegro. Georgia, Moldova and Serbia have signaled that they intend to follow the good practice established by Montenegro. The NATO IS in collaboration with DCAF have invited contributions to submit proposals for a new series of publications focused on good practice. A list of proposed topics is available on the NATO BI website. With the Building Integrity collaborative effort, the Alliance is now able to offer to the Nations and Partners an important inventory of tools to ensure our forces are properly prepared to face the reality of environment.General Palomros, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation 2015 BI Conference in Washington, D.C.Belgium, Bulgaria, Norway, Poland, Switzerland and the UK serve as Lead Nations for the Building Integrity Trust Fund.buildingintegrity.hq.nato.int