Dec. 9, International day to fight corruption

On Oct. 31, 2003, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the U.N. Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) and requested that the Secretary-General designate the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime as secretariat for the Convention’s Conference of States Parties.

Break The Corruption Chain logo. Photo credit: Un.org

Break The Corruption Chain logo. Photo credit: Un.org

As a consequence, the General Assembly designated Dec. 9 as International Anti-Corruption Day, to raise awareness about corruption itself and the role of UNCAC in preventing it.

Corruption attacks the foundation of democratic institutions by distorting electoral processes and subverting the rule of law. Economic development is jeopardized when small businesses within the country find it impossible to overcome the "startup costs" required because of corruption.

The 2015 international campaign focuses on how corruption undermines democracy, the rule of law and quality of life, leading to human rights violations, trade distortion, organized crime, terrorism and other threats to human security.

The campaign also underlines the cross-cutting nature of corruption crime affecting many other areas. Action against corruption is the imperative to achieve the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, which aim to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity.

In some cases, former generations did not properly manage the corruption issue. But future lies in the young people, and new generations represent a great hope even in preventing and defeating corruption.

This video shows they seem to have already started.

Cover photo credit: Funnydam.com