Today, December 9th is the International Anti-Corruption Day; on this occasion, members of the UN's United Against Corruption campaign released a statement.
'Young people denied all-empowering education, women excluded from life-saving surgeries and workers prevented from working are just some of unwitting victims of corruption. It has a catastrophic impact on societies; it stifles opportunities, denying access of vulnerable people to infrastructure, and condemns them to lives of inequality and inequity. The victims of corruption are not from a single generation. This crime haunts successive generations impacting on countless numbers of people,' reads the statement as spotted on the campaign's official website.
'If people are to be removed from poverty and economic growth promoted, the world must stand united against corruption. This means rejecting corruption and embracing accountability, transparency and good governance. To achieve this, we must make determined use of our sharpest tools, this means universal adoption and full implementation of the UN Convention Against Corruption. With 183 parties, we are nearly there, but there is a need to go still further. Anti-corruption partnerships formed with the private sector, civil society and academia can ensure that everyone is united in ending corruption. We must also be innovative and creative in ensuring that corruption remains high on the world's agenda,' the statement says.