Campaign against corruption

Fighting corruption is a global concern because corruption is found in both rich and poor countries, though poor people are the ones that suffer the most.

Governments, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, the media and citizens around the world are joining forces to fight this crime. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) are at the forefront of these efforts.

This year, UNODC and UNDP jointly organized a competition for young people to design an awareness campaign on the corrosive effects of corruption on development, recognizing the pivotal role of today's youth in driving an agenda for a future built on solid and honest foundations.  From among the hundreds of entries received from all corners of the globe, the winner of the competition was 24-year-old Loic Christian Muhunde, a student from Rwanda. Under the theme Zero Corruption - 100% Development, Loic's message is simple, yet universal, and reinforces the idea that development can thrive only when societies tackle the root causes of corruption.

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Act against corruption today

People often think that corruption is "just a way of life", but every society, sector and individual would benefit from saying "NO" to this crime. Here are some examples of how you can say "NO" to corruption:

• Ratify and enact the United Nations Convention against Corruption.  Countries that successfully attack corruption are far more legitimate in the eyes of their citizens, creating stability and trust.
• Know what the Convention requires of your Government and its officials.  Rooting out corruption allows social and economic development.
• Educate the public about the Government's responsibility to be corruption-free.  Equal and fair justice for all is crucial to a country's stability and growth. It also helps to effectively fight crime.
• Raise awareness among the public, the media and Governments about the costs of corruption for key services such as health and education.  All of society benefits from functioning basic services.
• Educate the youth of your country about what ethical behaviour is, what corruption is and how to fight it, and encourage them to demand their right to education. Ensuring that future generations of citizens are brought up to expect corruption-free countries is one of the best tools to ensure a brighter future.
• Report incidents of corruption. Create an environment where the rule of law prevails.
• Refuse to participate in any activities that are not legal and transparent. Increase both domestic and foreign investment. Everyone is more willing to invest in countries when they see that funds are not being siphoned off into the pockets of corrupt officials.
• Foster economic stability by enforcing zerotolerance practices towards corruption. A transparent and open business community is the cornerstone of any strong democracy.

You can join UNODC and UNDP in this campaign by:

Follow the campagin in the following addresses:

www.actagainstcorruption.org

www.facebook.com/unodc