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UNODC celebrated the International Day Against Corruption

On December 9, the General Prosecutor of the Republic "FGR" of El Salvador, under the auspices of UNODC joined for the first time this celebration, with the purpose of sensitizing society on the importance of reporting acts of corruption, which are sometimes committed by public officials and businessmen.

Corruption is a direct threat to infrastructure investment, it does not discriminate against and it impacts both rich and poor countries; But those who suffer the most are the vulnerable and weak ones, it also undermines democracy in the rule of law, violates human rights, impairs the quality of life of the poorest and allows the development of organized crime, deprives those most in need of education, health, security and it encourages inequality and injustice.

The FGR and UNODC have launched a campaign through social networks, radio and television to make the public aware of how corruption works and, most importantly, what we must do to counter this scourge. This is a campaign promoted by the project: "Countering Corruption in El Salvador".

On this occasion, a specialized event was held where a diversity of topics were analized, such as: Combating Corruption from Public Ministries; Combating Corruption in El Salvador, and a panel of experts from different sectors, such as Civil Society and the Public Sector, who discussed Corruption and Transparency in Salvadoran society.

The event was attended by the Attorney General, Mr. Douglas Arquímides Meléndez Ruíz, the President of the Supreme Court, Mr. José Oscar Armando Pineda Navas, the Ambassador of the United States of America in El Salvador, Mrs. Jean Elizabeth Manes, UNODC Chief in El Salvador, Ms. Mónica Mendoza, Head of the Anti-Corruption Section of the General Prosecutor of the Republic of Guatemala, Mr. Stuardo Ernesto Campo Aguilar.

It was possible to sensitize 180 people out of a total of 52 institutions from the public, private, financial, civil society and diplomatic corps. In addition, the event had coverage of 15 different media.

Likewise, the following web portal has been enabled:  so that companies, national institutions, academia and society in general can download the audiovisual material of the campaign and spread it through social networks.