Anti Corruption Day

The United Nations passed the United Nations Convention Against Corruption in December 2003 as the first step in combating global corruption (UNCAC). It was written on October 31, 2003. A treaty known as UNAC was signed on December 9 and went into effect on December 14 of the same year. The purpose of this treaty was to oblige the signatories to work toward reducing corruption and upholding law and order. In the agreement, 5 points were explained. They are as follows:

– To take necessary steps for preventing corruption.

– Enforcing law and order.

– For reducing corruption, cooperate at the international level.

– Recovery of Asset and its return to the country of origin.

– To provide technical assistance and exchange of information.

The Convention addresses a wide range of corrupt practices, including bribery, the buying and selling of influence, the misuse of office, and various private sector corruption-related offenses.

Let us inform you that Merida and New York are home to UNCAC’s main offices. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime serves as the meeting’s secretary, and the Secretary-General of the United States serves as the depository. India signed the UN Convention against corruption on December 9, 2006, the first International Anti-Corruption Day.

On December 9, we celebrate International Anti-Corruption Day to spread the word about how crucial it is to eradicate corruption. You see, corruption permeates nations like ours on every level. It affects everything, from the most minor aspects of day-to-day life to the most important political issues, from the moment we are born until the day we die. In our nations, corruption is not just a problem, it’s every aspect of society. 

Fighting corruption is a global concern because it occurs in both wealthy and developing nations, and evidence suggests that it disproportionately harms the poor. It exacerbates poverty and instability and is a major factor pushing fragile nations toward state failure.

To address the root causes of corruption, which is thought to cost $2.6 trillion annually, the United Nations (UN) is offering support to nations and localities. The only global anti-corruption tool that promotes responsibility, integrity, and transparency is the United Nations Convention against Corruption. It helps to advance the 2030 Agenda.

The complex social, political, and economic phenomenon known as corruption influences all countries. Democratic institutions are in danger, economic growth is stifled, and political instability is exacerbated by corruption. Corruption threatens the foundation of democratic institutions by distorting electoral procedures, undermining the rule of law, and creating bureaucratic mazes whose sole function is to amass bribes. Foreign direct investment is discouraged in the nation, and it is frequently difficult for local small businesses to raise the necessary startup capital due to corruption. “The corruption of the best things gives rise to the worst,” as David Hume once said. As a result, small businesses may experience a loss of confidence, which could lower tax collections for the government. Economic development is disrupted as a result. We must prevent corruption from occurring. So, on this day, let’s band together and raise awareness.

On International Anti-Corruption Day, the importance of educating people about corruption and its prevention strategies is emphasized. “Fighting corruption is not just good governance. It’s self-defense. It’s patriotism” says Joe Biden. It is everyone’s duty to ensure that neither people nor organizations have not to suffer the results of corruption.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee once said, ” There can be no compromise regarding corruption”. UNDP is therefore steadfastly committed to assisting countries in enhancing their accountability and transparency. We also promise to completely eradicate fraud and corruption from our own business practices. To recover with integrity and build a greener, more resilient, inclusive, and sustainable world for everyone by 2030, let’s join hands together against corruption.

Political figures, governments, judicial systems, and lobbying organizations can unite on this day to fight corruption. On this day, anti-corruption activists will mobilize the populace to combat corruption and fraud in local communities.

Finally, and most importantly, speak up if you suspect corruption in business or government. Holding corrupt actors accountable is risky or impossible for many vulnerable communities around the world. We who have a voice must be given the ability to speak up for those who are kept silent. The issue of corruption is not insurmountable. There is a way for everyone to live in a better world. Please spend some time today considering how you can contribute to the solution.

Happy International Anti-Corruption Day!!!

Written by : Rtr. Savilachine Sivapragasam

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