The president of Transparency International, Huguette Labelle, was at the Presidential Palace this week to inform President Rousseff that the 15th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) will be held in Brasilia between the 7th and the 10th of November of this year. The Chief Minister of the Federal Comptroller General (CGU), Jorge Hage, also attended the meeting. The CGU shall represent the Brazilian government at the next edition of the event, which has been organized by Transparency International since 1983. Considered the most important international forum for discussion and exchange of experiences related to the prevention and combat of corruption, the IACC takes place every two years. The last conference was held in 2010 in Thailand. It is estimated that the next conference will bring together approximately 1,500 delegates from over 140 countries, including heads of state, representatives from civil society and the private sector, as well as academics and journalists. Labelle commented soon after the encounter with President Rousseff that the conference to be held in Brazil should emphasize the importance of involving all of civil society, not just of governments, in fighting corruption. "We will discuss what needs to be done to mobilize everyone. We must work together so that the people of our countries do not have to live with this cancer. Corruption is linked to poverty, illegal trade, tax evasion and money laundering, and affects both rich and poor countries". The Chief Minister of the CGU said the fact that Brazil is hosting the next IACC is not by chance. He said the country has been providing the world with ongoing examples of effective action in combating and preventing corruption. "The realization of such an important event as this in Brazil is recognition of the efforts that our country is making". Hage cited the Access to Information Act, which comes into force next May, as an example of these efforts.