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. Corruption also contributes to instability, poverty and is a dominant factor driving fragile countries towards state failure.
Governments, the private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), 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 2016 joint international campaign focuses on corruption as one of the biggest impediments to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
To mark the 2016 International Anti-Corruption Day (IACD) today, 9 December, UNODC has developed a campaign focused on different SDGs and on how tackling corruption is vital to achieving them.
The campaign urges people to organize creative activities in their community by using the Anti-Corruption logo on publications and at events and sending a message on their social networks about the campaign.
As corruption is a major impediment to economic and social development, UNODC has stepped up its efforts to help States recover assets stolen by corrupt officials.
Photo courtesy: UNODC
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