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Prince William to open World Bank Meeting

While on his visit to the United States next month, The Duke of Cambridge will join the Jim Yong King, the World Bank Group President, to opened the meeting of the World Bank’s International Corruption Hunter’s Alliance (ICHA).

The World Bank Group will hold its third Meeting of the ICHA from the 8th to the 10th of December, in Washington, D. C. This year’s theme is “Ending Impunity: Global Knowledge: Local Impact”. The three day event will involve over 20 sessions, which focus on innovative ways to tackle corruption, illicit financial flows and transnational bribery, as well as giving participant’s knowledge about corruption prevention, financial investigative techniques and collective action by the private sector against wildlife crime.

Having identified the tackling of corruption as a critical priority for development, ICHA is working with nations to strengthen their investigative capabilities and increase prosecution relating to transnational corruption. This meeting has been organised by the World Bank Group, with assistance from the Australian, Norwegian and Danish governments and is being coordinated by the World Bank’s Integrity Vice Presidency

In his role as the President of United for Wildlife, Prince William will address over 300 people, including senior members of anti-corruption and prosecution agencies, and representatives of international organisations from more than 120 countries.

United for Wildlife is made up of the 7 largest conservation charities in the world. Created by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, the organisation is committed to focusing increased attention on acute conservation problems, such as the escalation of the illegal wildlife trade and the challenges of demand reduction – issues which have a devastating effect on wildlife.

Ambassadors for United for Wildlife include David Beckham, Andy Murray, Lewis Hamilton, Yao Ming, Rahul Dravid and Sir Ben Ainslie. United for Wildlife is led by Prince William, and receives backing from Prince Harry and the Royal Foundation.

In the past, The Duke of Cambridge has reiterated the importance of wildlife conservation many times, stressing the importance of protecting endangered species. He has said: “I believe passionately that we have a duty to prevent critically endangered species from being wiped out. If we get together, everywhere, we can preserve these animals so that they share our world with future generations. That’s what United for Wildlife is all about, and why I’m proud to be involved.”

Earlier this week, Prince William recorded a video to promote “Roll with the Pangolins”, an online tournament, created by United for Wildlife in collaboration with Angry Birds to help spread awareness about wildlife crimes.

Featured photo credit: United for Wildlife

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