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Commemorating the International Day against Corruption

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On 13 December 2013, the Regional Anti-Corruption Academy for Central America and the Caribbean (ARAC), the National Authority for Transparency and Access to Information (ANTAI) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), came together to mark the International Day against Corruption. On this occasion, a discussion that included the participation of different sectors, public, private and education, among others, took place at the Regional Anti-Corruption Academy (ARAC), in the City of Panama.

Each year, 9 December is recognized by the General Assembly of the United Nations as the International Day against Corruption and, with the purpose of creating awareness against this scourge that attacks various areas of society, promotes messages, campaigns and actions that exalt the constant struggle to prevent and eradicate corruption internationally, as well as to spread the valuable role of the United Nations Convention against Corruption in this struggle.

"Corruption impedes economic growth by raising costs and undermines the sustainable management of the environment and natural resources. Likewise, it violates basic human rights, increases poverty and increases inequality by diverting funds from health care, education and other essential services. The harmful effects of corruption are felt by billions of people around the world. Corruption also plagues the world of sports and business, and procurement processes. During the last decade the role of the private sector has been increasingly recognized in the fight against corruption. A Call to Action launched by the Global Compact of the United Nations and its partners to mobilize companies and governments to promote transparency in procurement processes,"- This was the message of the Secretary General of the UN during the 9th December.

This year, for the first time a youth competition was held to design the logo and message of the campaign. Hundreds of participants from many parts of the world competed and the winner of the campaign was Rwandan student, Loic Christian Muhunde, 24 years old. The winning logo reads: "Zero Corruption - 100 % Development ".

The commemorative event organized in Panama by UNODC, ANTAI and ARAC, was attended by the Honourable Andrés Sue Gonzalez, Accounts Prosecutor; Honourable Abigail Benzadón, Director General of the National Authority for Transparency and Access to Information (ANTAI), the Honorable Amado Philip de Andrés, Regional Representative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for Central America and the Caribbean, and Honourable Dr. Jaime Franco, Dean of the Law Faculty, Latina University.