"Every year, trillions of dollars - equivalent to more than five percent of global GDP - are paid in bribes or stolen through corruption, the United Nations reported on the International Day which serves to highlight the pervasive crime, marked this Sunday," UN News Center press service reports.
According to Secretary-General António Guterres, these funds account for more than 5% of global GDP.
He said that "it robs societies of schools, hospitals, and other vital services, drives away foreign investment and strips nations of their natural resources.”
December 9, the world celebrates the International Day against Corruption.
The purpose of the establishment of this International Day, as stated in the UN General Assembly resolution, was to deepen the understanding of the problem of corruption and the role of the Convention in preventing and combating corruption.