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International Anti-Corruption Day (9th Dec) | All you need to know

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Corruption is a global political, social and economic problem. Corruption undermines autonomy, undermines economic growth, and contributes to government instability. 

It is like a termite that is closing our society, our economy, and the whole world. It is a significant obstacle to social and national development. Almost every country in the world suffers from this problem. 

The most serious crimes, especially in developing countries. Corruption slows down the pace of social and economic development, which affects national security. Millions of people do not have access to adequate education, health care, and other essential things. 

With this in mind, the resolution was made by the United Nations Convention against Corruption on October 31, 2003. Since then, World Anti-Corruption Day has been celebrated on December 9 to combat this scourge.

History of International Anti Corruption Day

The history of World Anti-Corruption Day begins on October 31, 2003, when the National Assembly adopted the United Nations Convention against Corruption. 

Since then, the Office of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has been appointed by the Office of the Secretary-General of the Parties to the Convention (Declaration 58/4). 

The UN General Assembly designated December 9 as Anti-Corruption Day, and it came into effect in December 2005. The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the international community are critical leaders in creating awareness about the fight against corruption.

Why do we celebrate this Anti-Corruption Day?

World Anti-Corruption Day is celebrated annually on December 9 to disseminate information. As corruption spreads around the world, people are celebrating this day as a step towards ending society. 

By understanding the adverse effects of corruption, the focus was on combating it. Corruption affects society and politics. It affects all countries. The day is celebrated to raise awareness on socio-economic issues and the fight against corruption. 

People do different activities on this day. It gives the new generation information about corruption. Therefore, we also wish those close to us and our loved ones to celebrate World Anti-Corruption Day.

Importance of International Anti-Corruption Day

The significance of World Anti-Corruption Day is to intensify the fight against corruption worldwide and explain why one should avoid it. 

This day plays an essential role in anti-corruption groups that spread awareness of misconduct and fight and avoid corruption in the workplace. 

This day is celebrated to save democratic institutions from corruption as the primary purpose is to affect the country’s economy. So, there is so much importance to this International Anti-Corruption Day as it contributes to the country’s economic development in many ways.

According to UN data, $ 1 trillion is paid in bribes annually, and $ 2.6 trillion is stolen through fraudulent means. It is estimated that corruption causes tenfold losses in developing countries, especially India and many other countries.

When will this anti-corruption day 2021 be celebrated?

This year we are going to celebrate 16th International Anti-Corruption Day. It is arrived on Wednesday last year and all government offices and educational institutions celebrated it virtually because of the corona lock-down. 

However, this is not a public holiday but a day of global observation. Like every year, this year also international anti-corruption day will be celebrated on 9th December internationally which falls on Thursday according to the English calendar. 

Objectives of International Anti Corruption day

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The purpose of World Anti-Corruption Day is to spread awareness about corruption and its eradication worldwide. 

In this event, all government, non-governmental organizations, and civil society organizations are committed to fighting corruption together. In 2016, plans were made to implement a joint international Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) campaign. 

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime are specialized organizations organizing the event.

What is the theme of Anti-Corruption Day 2021?

On World Anti-Corruption Day, placards, slogans and other promotional materials are erected, in which two lines are written on corruption. 

In the first line, “CORRUPTION” (CORRUPTION) is written in big and red letters, and in the second line, it says NO to your stats. Most of the words in the second line are in black; just NO (NO) is marked in bold and red in the white bubble.

The International Day for Anti-Corruption theme is “We are united against corruption – focused corruption as one of the significant obstacles to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”. 

It will continue to support the 2020 Agenda, which is central to the campaign, and to have a youth section. Bringing together and empowering the youth to deal with justice is crucial in ensuring a lasting solution to corruption.

How to celebrate International Day of Anti-Corruption 2021?

As we know, International Anti-Corruption Day is organized worldwide by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). 

These institutions work closely with their regional partners to fight border corruption and encourage and share information.

Many people, politicians, prominent writers, journalists, and NGOs also come forward to raise awareness of corruption and secure their faith in a society free of corruption. 

Various seminars, campaigns, theatre activities and more are organized to help the public with corruption and ways to prevent it. In addition, tracts, brochures are distributed in many places.

In India, this day is also celebrated as a program organized by many governmental and non-governmental organizations. Today in this day, many schools and colleges organize essay and speaking competitions for students to raise awareness about corruption in society. 

Local authorities are distributing pamphlets on corruption and encouraging people to raise their voices against corruption. 

Also, those who register their complaints about corruption are assured that their information is also kept confidential. It is also a step towards encouraging people to come forward and fight corruption.

Many people also organize events to raise awareness and pass on information about responsibilities given to authorities and governments. We must support and encourage those people who have raised their voices against corruption. 

Today, social media plays a vital role in spreading the message, encouraging people and providing information from all parts of the world, wherever corruption occurs.

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