New GlobE Network to Help Governments Combat Corruption

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré (file)
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré (file)

The creation of the Global Operational Network of Anti-Corruption Law Enforcement Authorities, or GlobE Network, is a step in the right direction. 

The UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the General Assembly’s first-ever Special Session against corruption via a video message that before the Covid-19 pandemic, countries all over the world had been “roiled by huge anti-government demonstrations”.  

“Corruption was one of the protestors’ main grievances. We can be sure those protestors are watching closely now, as trillions of dollars are invested in recovery,” he added. 

The UN chief said that corruption is often systematic and organized, a crime that crosses borders and betrays people and democracies. He added that corruption steals trillions of dollars from people all over the world – usually from those most in need, as it siphons off resources for sustainable development.   

When powerful people get away with corruption, citizens lose trust in their governing institutions and democracies become weakened by cynicism and hopelessness. “Turning the tide against corruption is essential if we are to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), promote peace, and protect human rights,” Mr. Guterres stated. 

He stressed the need to reinvigorate political commitment to fight corruption, strengthen international cooperation to recover stolen assets and prevent criminals from finding safe havens overseas for themselves and their funds. 

He called the creation of the Global Operational Network of Anti-Corruption Law Enforcement Authorities, or GlobE Network, “a step in the right direction”.  “The Network will enable law enforcement authorities to navigate legal processes through informal cooperation across borders, helping to build trust and bring those guilty of corruption to justice,” explained the UN chief. 

GlobE Network is a global network created for the purpose of establishing and enhancing direct contact between anti-corruption law enforcement authorities, empowering a wider range of countries to engage in informal international cooperation, and complementing the other existing platforms for such cooperation.

During the launch on June 3, anti-corruption experts discussed the role of the GlobE Network in ensuring that all countries and their independent anti-corruption authorities have the contacts and tools they need to track, investigate, and prosecute cross-border corruption – including origin, transit, and destination countries – quickly and effectively. 

The Secretary-General said the Organization would continue to provide technical assistance and called on all Governments to make full use of the network and encourage further efforts to eradicate corruption. 

“Ending impunity for corruption, and returning stolen assets to their owners, are important steps towards a new social contract based on trust, integrity, and justice,” he concluded.

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