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International Anti-Corruption Day 2023: Theme, History and Significance

International Anti-Corruption Day 2023: Theme, History and Significance – Every year, International Anti-Corruption Day is observed on 9th December across the world. the main purpose of this day is to raise awareness of the importance of getting rid of corruption.

  • Corruption affects every area in our society and it also prevents corruption and unlocks progress towards sustainable development goals.
  • International Anti-Corruption Day 2023 also marks the rights and responsibilities of everyone such as States, Government officials, civil servants, law enforcement officers, media representatives, the private sector, civil society, academia, the public and youth – in tackling corruption.

International Anti-Corruption Day 2023: Theme

  • According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the theme for 2023’s celebration of International Anti-Corruption Day is ‘UNCAC at 20: Uniting the World Against Corruption.’
  • The theme of International Anti-Corruption Day 2021: “Your right, your role: say no to corruption”.

International Anti-Corruption Day 2023: History

On October 31, 2003, The United Nations General Assembly adopted the United Nations Convention against Corruption. It also appointed the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) as its secretariat. The resolution designated December 9 as International Anti-Corruption Day, aimed at raising awareness about corruption and emphasising the Convention’s role in preventing and combating it.

10 Quotes About Corruption/Transparency

  1. “Transparency is not the enemy of privacy. It is the guarantor of it.” –Glenn Greenwald
  2. “Corruption is like a ball of snow, once it’s set a rolling, it must increase.” –Charles Caleb Colton
  3. “The duty of youth is to challenge corruption.” –Kurt Cobain
  4. “In the kingdom of corruption, the more corrupt the king, the more corrupt the kingdom.” –Matshona Dhliwayo
  5. “Corruption is the enemy of development, and of good governance. It must be got rid of. Both the government and the people at large must come together to achieve this national objective.” –Pratibha Patil
  6. “Transparency is the key to accountability.” –Natalie Byrd
  7. “Corruption is worse than prostitution. The latter might endanger the morals of an individual, the former invariably endangers the morals of the entire country.”– Karl Kraus
  8. “Transparency breeds legitimacy.” –Dalai Lama
  9. “Corruption steals from the poor, hinders opportunities, and undermines the foundations of justice.” –Ban Ki-moon
  10. “Anyone who wants to tackle corruption must be willing to go all the way. There are no shortcuts.” —Oby Ezekwesili.

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