New York, 9 December 2022 (TDI): The world celebrates International Anti-Corruption Day on 9th December. The day aims to increase awareness of corruption and the steps that can be taken to combat it.

Moreover, the world should fight unitedly against corruption as it exists in all forms and is a threat to democracy.

History of the Day

On 31st October 2003, UN General Assembly ratified the United Nations Convention against Corruption. It established International Anti-Corruption Day on 9th December.

Moreover, Secretary-General was requested to establish the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) as the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC).

The purpose of International Anti-Corruption Day was to increase public awareness of corruption. In addition to this, the Convention’s contribution to its prevention and eradication. The UNCAC is working since 2005.

International Anti-Corruption Day 2022

International Anti-Corruption Day 2022 celebrates the 20th anniversary of the UNCAC. “UNCAC at 20: Uniting the World Against Corruption” is the theme for this year’s International Anti-Corruption Day.

Furthermore, this year’s goal is to draw attention to the critical relationship between combating corruption and growth, security, and peace.

The intention is to reinforce the idea that everyone has a duty and a right to take action to combat corruption.

In addition, the only way to successfully combat its damaging effects is via collaboration and participation from all individuals and institutions.

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Out of the $7.5 trillion that countries spend on health, $500 billion is lost each year due to corruption, estimates the UNDP.

Everyone has an important role to play in the fight against corruption, including the states, government officials, civil servants, law enforcement personnel, media representatives, the private sector, civil society, academia, the general public, and young people.

Leading these initiatives against anti-corruption are the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).