International Anti-Corruption Day observed across the world

Dec 9, 2015 15:55 IST

9 December: International Anti-Corruption Day
International Anti-Corruption Day was observed across the world on 9 December 2015 with the theme Break the corruption chain. The day was observed to raise public awareness about corruption and what people can do to fight it.

On the occasion of International Anti-Corruption Day, all the Governments, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, the media and citizens around the world joined forces to fight this crime.

The 2015 joint international campaign #breakthechain was also launched to focus on how corruption undermines democracy and the rule of law leads to human rights violations, distorts markets, erodes quality of life.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) are the main organisations that are at the forefront of these efforts.

About International Anti-Corruption Day
On 31 October 2003, UN General Assembly (UNGA) adopted the United Nations Convention against Corruption and designated the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) as secretariat for the Convention against corruption.

The UNGA also designated 9 December as International Anti-Corruption Day. The Convention entered into force in December 2005.

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