On March 20, 2015, NWC Executive Director Stephen M. Kohn participated in a Roundtable of Transparency panel discussion presented as part of the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program.
Each year this program brings about 4,500 visitors to the US from 140 countries to learn how to use advocacy as the process of building consensus on national, regional, or local priorities through transparent, accountable, and inclusive decision-making. The goal of this program is to build the capacity of civil society organizations and their constituents to act for change and influence policy.
Mr. Kohn gave a presentation entitled “Whistleblower Protection: An International Framework for Transparent and Accountable Government.” Mr. Kohn discussed the key features of this framework that include whistleblower reward laws, sanctions under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and modern whistleblower anti-retaliation laws.
The international visitors from nineteen countries participated in this roundtable discussion. Countries represented included: Bulgaria, Republic of Congo, Cyprus, Egypt, Fiji, Ghana, Israel, Italy, Macau SAR, Singapore, Slovakia, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Taiwan, Tanzania, Uganda, Ukraine, Zambia and Zimbabwe.