[Dateline: Vienna | Author: UN Office on Drugs and Crime]
This year on International Anti-Corruption Day , 9 December, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) are joining forces to raise awareness about the devastating effects of corruption.
Corruption hinders efforts to achieve the internationally agreed Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) , undermines democracy and the rule of law, leads to violations of human rights, distorts markets, erodes quality of life and allows organized crime, terrorism and other threats to human security to flourish. It contributes to instability, poverty and is a dominant factor driving fragile countries towards state failure.
Governments, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, the media and citizens around the world are joining forces to fight this crime. UNDP and UNODC are at the forefront of these efforts. This year, UNODC and UNDP have developed a joint global campaign, focusing on how corruption impacts education, health, justice, democracy, prosperity and development.
The joint campaign increases awareness of corruption and its negative impact, promotes “a call to action” against corruption and promotes the United Nations Convention against Corruption . In addition, the campaign highlights UNDP and UNODC in their respective work against corruption. Both at headquarters and in the field, UNDP and UNODC are partnering with the media, NGOs, private sector and other entities to promote a pro-active stance against corruption.
By combining the strengths of both agencies, UNDP and UNODC are able to maximize the reach of the campaign’s message: that your NO to corruption counts.
Please join the UNDP and UNODC in saying “NO” to corruption. We encourage all UN staff members around the world to visit the campaign web site, http://www.yournocounts.org/ , learn more about corruption prevention and share the link with their friends and family.
UNODC Goodwill Ambassador for Global Justice
Recently, on 4 December, the Oscar-winning actor Nicolas
Cage was appointed as UNODC Goodwill Ambassador for Global Justice by Antonio Maria Costa, UNODC Executive Director during the UN Correspondents Association Awards Dinner in New York.