Corruption poses significant threats to countries around the world. It weakens institutions, erodes trust and threatens the economy by undermining fair competition and discouraging investment and trade. Corruption disproportionately affects disadvantaged groups, specifically the poor, preventing social inclusion, promoting inequality and inhibiting prosperity. The international community has recognized that tackling corruption is vital for sustaining economic stability and growth, maintaining the security of society, protecting human rights, reducing poverty, protecting the environment for future generations and addressing serious and organized crime.
The programme entitled “Fast-Tracking the Implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC)” has enabled the creation of six Regional Platforms across the world to prevent and combat corruption in the South East Asia, Eastern Africa, South America and Mexico, Southern Africa, Western Balkans as well as in West Africa and the Sahel, through effective implementation of UNCAC in support of SDG 16.
In December 2021, the regional platform approcach beneficiated of an international recognition with the adoption of the resolution 9/4 entitled “Strengthening the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption at regional levels” at the Conference of States Parties that was held in December 2021, in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. In the resolution, the Conference acknowledged UNODC’s regional approach to anti-corruption technical assistance delivery under the fast-tracking UNCAC Implementation programme.
The overall objective of the regional platform approach is to fast-track effective implementation of UNCAC.
Each regional platform has identified four thematic areas as regional priorities. Activities are designed to advance countries’ efforts to strengthen anti-corruption measures in the priority areas.
Within the four Regional Platforms UNODC works with Governments, Civil Society and other stakeholders and facilitates training courses and workshops to strengthen countries' capacities in preventing and combating corruption. Each Platform focuses on its own four identified priority areas.
Civil society are vital partners in advancing UNCAC implementation having worked with governments in all four platforms to adopt regional recommendations that take account of civil society priorities, and thereafter, implement those recommendations alongside governmental counterparts. ... more