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Int’l Anti-Corruption Day being observed

  • Published at 10:05 am December 9th, 2019
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The theme of this year's Anti-Corruption Day is 'United Against Corruption'

The International Anti-Corruption Day is being observed across Bangladesh as well as other regions of the world, with the aim of raising voice against the growing culture of corruption.

The theme of this year's Anti-Corruption Day, which is being observed on Monday, is "United Against Corruption."

To mark this date, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) including some other bodies have arranged various programs comprising discussion, human-chain, mass signature campaign, posters and cartoon exhibitions throughout the day, reports UNB.

Marking the day, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said: "I urge people everywhere to continue to work on innovative solutions to win the battle against corruption and to ensure that precious resources serve the peoples of the world." 

According to UN data, 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% of the global GDP.

In developing countries, according to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), funds lost to corruption are estimated at 10 times the amount of official development assistance, UN data says.

On October 31, 2003, the General Assembly adopted the United Nations Convention against Corruption and designated the office of the secretary general of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) as the secretariat for the Convention's Conference of States Parties. 

The Assembly also fixed 9th December as International Anti-Corruption Day to raise awareness against corruption and of the role of the Convention in combating and preventing it. The Convention entered into force in December 2005.