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International Anti-Corruption Day observed on 9 December

Dec 9, 2013 14:41 IST

International Anti-Corruption DayInternational Anti-Corruption Day is observed across the world on 9 December 2013 to raise awareness about the menace of Corruption and what people can do to fight it.

The theme for the year 2013 is: Act against Corruption Today.

The day is observed on December 9 each year to raise awareness about the corruption.

The UN General Assembly by resolution of 58/4 of 31 October 2003 designated 9 December as International Anti-Corruption Day. This decision aimed to raise people’s awareness of corruption and of the role of the United Nations Convention against Corruption in combating and preventing it.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is the secretariat for the Convention’s Conference of States Parties. The Convention entered into force in December 2005.

About the Corruption

Corruption is a complex social, political and economic phenomenon that affects all countries. Corruption undermines democratic institutions, slows economic development and contributes to governmental instability. Corruption attacks the foundation of democratic institutions by distorting electoral processes, perverting the rule of law and creating bureaucratic quagmires whose only reason for existing is the soliciting of bribes. Economic development is stunted because foreign direct investment is discouraged and small businesses within the country often find it impossible to overcome the "start-up costs" required because of corruption.

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