Antonio Guterres: International Anti-Corruption

UNSG tweets, Corruption is present in all countries, robbing societies of schools, hospitals and other vital services. On International Anti-Corruption Day, let us take a stand for integrity. On this International AntiCorruption Day, today, let us resolve to eliminate corruption in all its forms. Corruption undermines economic and social progress, causing considerable distortion and inefficiency, tweets Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu.

Every year $1 trillion is paid in bribes while an estimated $2.6 trillion are stolen annually through corruption – a sum equivalent to more than 5 per cent of the global GDP. In developing countries, according to the United Nations Development Programme, funds lost to corruption are estimated at 10 times the amount of official development assistance.

Corruption is a serious crime that can undermine social and economic development in all societies. No country, region or community is immune. This year UNODC and UNDP have developed a joint global campaign, focusing on how corruption affects education, health, justice, democracy, prosperity and development.

The 2017 joint international campaign focuses on corruption as one of the biggest impediments to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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