Libya: Echoing the voices of youth to face corruption

Tripoli, Libya - 18 December 2022

Libya has a young population with more than 25% of the 6.8 million population being children and young people. There Is an urgency for young people to have the chance to express their ideas and concerns regarding integrity, ethics, and anti-corruption matters, in a way that tangibly influences global policy dialogues. No solution to corruption can be sustainable, scalable, and efficient without the participation of those who will be the very recipients of those same solutions.

Through the Global Resource for Anti-Corruption Education and Youth Empowerment (GRACE) initiative, Libyan authorities and UNODC collaborate to create a culture of rejecting corruption among children and youth by increasing the role of education. The initiative will help young people become the integrity leaders of tomorrow by providing them with the skills, and concepts required to enhance transparency, accountability, and integrity within their communities.

Accourdingly, UNODC organized a workshop on “the methods and mechanisms for teaching the Anti-corruption curriculum for primary Education” and an expert group meeting on “contextualizing the anti-corruption modules developed by UNODC” for Libyan education experts and academics from the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.

The workshop provided knowledge on the GRACE initiative, its tools and material as well as the application of the GRACE educational curriculum. The expert group meeting provided a wealth of opportunities for educational experts and academics from Libya to share their views on how the UNODC anti-corruption modules could be contextualized to the Libyan culture and society and hence increase its adaptation effectiveness.

The workshop and meeting were held within the framework of the project “Building Libya’s National Capacity to Prevent and Combat Corruption and Money Laundering,” funded by The European Union and implemented by UNODC in collaboration with UNICIRI. UNODC is partnering with Libyan authorities through this project to provide a holistic approach to countering corruption.

International Anti-Corruption Day 2022:

On the 9th of December 2022, International Anti-Corruption Day (IACD) seeks to highlight the crucial link between anti-corruption and peace, security, and development. At its core is the notion that tackling this crime is the right and responsibility of everyone, and that only through cooperation and the involvement of each and every person and institution can we overcome the negative impact of this crime. States, government officials, civil servants, law enforcement officers, media representatives, the private sector, civil society, academia, the public and youth alike all have a role to play in this.

The 2022 IACD also marks the start of our efforts to mark the twentieth anniversary of UNCAC. This is reflected by the theme of this year’s international day, “UNCAC at 20: Uniting the World Against Corruption”.