On the occasion of the International Anti-Corruption Day, celebrated globally on 9th December every year, our Office is pleased to share with you a special bulletin on anti corruption initiatives in the South Asian Region.
The need for collective action to address corruption
Corruption undermines social and economic development and weakens the moral fabric of the society. It hinders the achievement of development goals, creates distortions in welfare spending and subverts the functioning of public institutions. Corruption also erodes the rule of law, violates human rights, and encourages organized crime and terrorism which are threats to national security. Addressing corruption requires a combination of approaches involving a wide set of stakeholders including Government institutions, the private sector, civil society, media, international agencies and academic institutions.
In India, the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), is an apex anti-corruption statutory body, which is mandated to fight corruption and ensure integrity in public life. As part of its endeavour to mainstream the issue of corruption on the governance agenda and deliberate on the possible approaches to elicit participation of all stakeholders in determining the priorities for future action, the CVC organised a seminar on 'Empowering Citizens to Combat Corruption' in New Delhi today in association with the Steel Authority of India (SAIL) and UNODC.
The seminar included panel discussions on the following themes:
- Engagement of Civil Society in addressing Corruption
- Addressing Corruption from the Supply Side
- Modernizing the Vigilance Framework
As part of the event, the UNODC Regional Office for South Asia has prepared a special bulletin, which outlines select initiatives of the Government, civil society, private sector and UNODC in the South Asian Region to address corruption, seeking to inspire a deeper commitment to strengthen integrity and improve accountability in the region.