UNODC and UNDP launch International Anti-Corruption Campaign: Zero Corruption-100% Development
A new global campaign to commemorate International Anti-corruption Day, 9 December, kicked off on 26 November 2013 in Panama under the theme Zero Corruption - 100% Development. The 2013 advocacy campaign was announced by UNODC and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), during a special event at the V Session of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption.This year, the agencies 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, whose simple, yet universal message reinforces the idea that development can thrive only when societies tackle the root causes of corruption. Loic also gives his time to help young people through civic education, community-based initiatives and sports.
UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov stressed that it would take everyone's voice raised against corruption to bring true success. "We need a robust and strong coalition of governments, business community, civil society, academia and media to resist corruption, and build a culture of prevention and integrity."
The head of the UNDP delegation in Panama, Patrick Keuleers, Director a.i. of the Democratic Governance group, added: "This campaign, which has reached millions of people in in last three years, puts a human face on the cost of corruption. If only 10% of the money lost from corruption is channelled back to development, it will be enough to achieve the MDGs by the 2015 deadlines."
The campaign aims to bring together people from all walks of society in the fight against corruption, serves as a global call for action against corruption and raises awareness about UNCAC. Taking back what is lost to corrupt leaders is everyone's responsibility - the International Day is observed the world over by governments and civil society organizations, the private sector and the media and the general public.