International Anti-Corruption Day  December 9

ABOUT ANTI-CORRUPTION DAY

Fighting corruption is a global concern because corruption is found in both rich and poor countries, and evidence shows that it hurts poor people disproportionately. It contributes to instability, poverty and is a dominant factor driving fragile countries towards state failure.

 

Governments, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, the media and citizens around the world are joining forces to fight this crime. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) are at the forefront of these efforts.

 

The 2015 joint international campaign focuses on how corruption undermines democracy and the rule of law, leads to human rights violations, distorts markets, erodes quality of life and allows organized crime, terrorism and other threats to human security to flourish.

 

The 2015 Campaign logo was developed by Saatchi & Saatchi Switzerland.

 

We hope you'll come together with UNDP and UNODC to fight against corruption by:

 

  • Organizing creative activities in your community to mark 9 December;

  • Utilizing the "Call to Action Matrix"

  • Using the Anti-Corruption logo on publications and at events

  • Sending a message to your networks about the campaign

  • Tweeting about International Anti-Corruption Day to let the world know what you are doing to tackle this scourge 
    (and remember to use #breakthechain and include @UNDP and @UNODC in your message so that we can help share this)

  • Like their Facebook pageadopt the logo as your profile picture and encourage others to do the same.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

People often think that corruption is "just a way of life", but every society, sector and individual would benefit from saying "NO" to this crime.

 

Here are some examples of how you can say "NO" to corruption. Follow this link for a complete Call to Action Matrix.

  • Ratify and enact the UN Convention against Corruption. -Countries that successfully attack corruption are far more legitimate in the eyes of their citizens, creating stability and trust.

  • Know what Convention requires of your government and its officials - Rooting out corruption allows social and economic development.

  • Educate the public about the government's responsibility to be corruption-free - Equal and fair justice for all is a crucial element for a country's stability and growth. It also helps to effectively fight crime.

  • Raise awareness with the public, media and government about the costs of corruption for key services such as health and education - All of society benefits from functioning basic services.

  • Engage the youth of your country about what ethical behavior is, what corruption is and how to fight it, and to demand their right to education - Ensuring that future generations of citizens are brought up to expect corruption-free countries is one of the best tools to ensure a brighter future.

  • Report incidents of corruption. 
    Create an environment where the rule of law prevails.

  • Refuse to participate in any activities that are not legal and transparent - Increases both domestic and foreign investment. Everyone is more willing to invest in countries when they see that funds are not being siphoned off into the pockets of corrupt officials.

  • Foster economic stability by enforcing zero-tolerance practices towards corruption. 
    A transparent and open business community is a cornerstone of any strong democracy. 

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