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International Anti-Corruption Day

International Anti-Corruption Day

Every year December 9th is observed as the International Anti-Corruption day since the year 2005. The theme of the day is ‘united against corruption.’ The global campaign "United Against Corruption" focuses on corruption as one of the biggest obstacles to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Key Points:

  • On October 31, 2003, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted the United Nations Convention against Corruption, and designated December 9 International Anti-Corruption Day, in order to raise awareness about corruption and of the role of Convention in fighting and preventing it.
  • This convention came into force in the year 2005, and since then, the day is being observed annually. This day emphasises that people everywhere should continue to work on innovative solutions to win the battle against corruption and to ensure that precious resources serve the people of the world.
  • As per the data that is given by the United Nations, every year $1 trillion is paid in terms of bribes while an estimated $2.6 trillion are stolen annually through corruption which is a sum equivalent to more than 5 percent of the global Gross Domestic Product.
  • As per the United Nations Development Programme, in the case of developing countries, the estimated funds that are lost to corruption are ten times the amount of official development assistance.

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