International Anti-Corruption Day

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2022 Date9 December 2022
2023 Date9 December 2023
International Anti-Corruption Day

International Anti-Corruption Day History

International Anti-Corruption Day seeks to raise awareness of corruption and its negative impact on societies. Corruption involves an abuse of entrusted power by dishonest or unethical conduct that leads to personal gain. No country in the world is entirely corruption-free, however some countries and regions are less affected than others. The Corruption Perceptions Index measures the perceived levels of public sector corruption around the world and states that over 68% of countries in the world have a serious corruption problem. These problems fuel devastation by promoting human trafficking, political instability, environmental destruction, and terrorism.

International Anti-Corruption Day was designated by the United Nations General Assembly in 2003 in an effort to highlight the negative impact of corruption on economic development and government stability. It is celebrated annually on December 9, a celebration that also showcases the role of the UN's Convention Against Corruption in preventing further corruption.

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International Anti-Corruption Day Facts & Quotes

  • In the year 2020, It is estimated that corruption costs developing countries $1.26 trillion per year.
  • In Malaysia, the Prime Minister, Najib Razak, reportedly deposited $681 million into his personal account that was originally earmarked to be invested in attracting foreign investors and boosting its economy.
  • Transparency International’s 2014 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) covering 175 countries reveals that more than two-thirds score less than 50 points on a scale, where 100 is fully clean of corruption and 1 is the very opposite. In short, most countries that were covered are deemed corrupt.
  • Corruption is a true enemy to development. - Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, the current President of Mongolia.

International Anti-Corruption Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Watch a movie about the dangers and destructiveness of corruption. Some suggestions are: Ramanaa (2002), Internal Affairs (1990) and Training Day (2001).
  • Spend time reading and researching the Panama Papers problems which exposed corruption of high-standing politicians and companies worldwide.
  • Raise awareness on social media by using the hashtags #BreaktheChain, #InternationalAnti-CorruptionDay and #EndCorruption.
  • Read a book about the perils of corruption. Some suggestions are: Capital Corruption, Thinking About Political Corruption and From Watergate to Whitewater.

International Anti-Corruption Day - References and Related Sites

UN: Anti Corruption Anti Corruption Day Curroption Facts

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