International Anti-Corruption Day to Raise Awareness on the Fight Against Corruption

On December 9, International Anti-Corruption Day is celebrated to raise awareness about the necessity of eliminating corruption. Corruption impacts every aspect of our society, and preventing it allows us to make progress toward our long-term development goals. 

In December 2003, the United Nations took its first step in combating international corruption. On October 31, 2003, the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) was drafted. The United Nations Association Convention (UNAC) is a treaty signed by all UN member states. This treaty’s goal is to legally bind members of the states to work together to reduce corruption and uphold law and order. 

The United Nations Development Program organizes the International Anti-Corruption Day all over the world. All agencies collaborate with their regional counterparts to prevent corruption and promote and encourage information exchange. Government and non-government organizations also observe the day. Several activities, such as writing and speech competitions, are held for students in schools and colleges. 

International Anti-Corruption Day 2021 will emphasize the rights and duties of all individuals, including states, government officials, civil workers, law enforcement officers, media representatives, the private sector, civil society, and others. 

It isn’t up to countries to come together and handle such global issues but rather, every individual, young and old, has a role to play in avoiding and eliminating corruption in order to develop resilience and integrity in society. To do this, policies, methods, and measures must be put in place to allow individuals to speak up and say no to corruption.