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BSU Alumnus Heads UN Counter-Corruption Negotiations

Dr. M. Touq began his academic career in the United States as a graduate student of educational psychology at Ball State University.
Dr. M. Touq began his academic career in the United States as a graduate student of educational psychology at Ball State University.

Ball State graduate Dr. Muhyieddeen Touq (MA'69) headed the international negotiations during 2002-2003 that led to the development of a United Nations Convention Against Corruption. In his capacity as an ambassador to  Austria and permanent representative to the UN organizations in Vienna Dr. Touq was elected by the Asian countries to be their representative in the Ad-Hoc Committee that carried all the negotiations for two years. In the last two sessions of the negotiation process Dr. Touq was chosen by consensus as the chairman of the Ad-hoc Committee.

In his capacity as chairman Dr. Touq presented the Convention to the United Nation's General Assembly in October 2003, which adopted it on 31. Oct. 2003. The negotiation process was long and required high level negotiation skills, which Dr. Touq was able to exercise effectively.

The good rapport he was able to establish with the delegations from 125 countries along with his leadership skills helped in bringing the negotiations to a successful conclusion.

The UN Convention Against Corruption was signed by nearly 100 countries including the  United States, in Merida, Mexico during a high level political meeting which took place during 9-11 December 2003.

The convention is the only international instrument that sets rules and standards to fight corruption in both the public and private sectors. It includes chapters on prevention, criminalization, money laundering and asset recovery as well measures for technical assistance and international corruption.

Dr. Touq was given an Award of Distinction by Purdue's College of Education in April 2003 for his contributions to education and international relations. He also gave a lecture on the war in Iraq at BSU at the same time.