International Anti-Corruption Day: Right Way to End Corruption Forever

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Last Updated on 7 December 2023 IST: International Anti-Corruption Day 2023: Corruption is a problematic political, social, and economic phenomenon that encompasses all nations. Corruption undermines self-governing institutions, hinders economic development, and contributes to governmental fluctuation. The world observes International Anti-Corruption Day every year on December 9 to dissipate awareness regarding Corruption.

International Anti-Corruption Day: Highlights

  • International Anti-Corruption Day was adopted by the UN on October 31, 2003
  • According to UN statistics, every year, 1 trillion USD is spent on bribes globally
  • About 2.6 trillion USD is stolen through Corruption, which is over 1 percent of the overall Global GDP
  • This year’s Anti-Corruption Day theme is ‘Recover with Integrity’
  • In terms of Corruption, India is ranked at number 80 amongst 180 nations globally
  • India scores 41 out of 100 in the Corruption Perceptions Index 2019
  • The grace of Almighty Lord Kabir can only eradicate Corruption

International Anti-Corruption Day History 

On October 31, 2003, the General Assembly approved and adopted the United Nations Convention against Corruption and petitioned that the Secretary-General appoint the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) as the secretariat for the Convention’s Conference of States Parties. The Assembly furthermore designated December 9 as International Anti-Corruption Day to raise understanding and awareness of Corruption and the role of the Convention in battling and preventing it. The Convention entered action in December 2005. 

Importance of International Anti-Corruption Day

As per United Nations statistics, every year, 1 trillion US dollars is compensated as bribes, while an estimated 2.6 trillion US dollars are stolen annually through Corruption, which is equivalent to more than one percent of the global GDP. Apart from this, as per the United Nations Development Program, the reserves lost to Corruption in developing countries are estimated at ten times the number of their official development assistance.

The private sector, governments, non-governmental organizations, the media, and citizens worldwide are assembling forces to fight this Corruption. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) are at the vanguard of these undertakings.

International Anti-Corruption Day 2023 Theme

The theme for International Anti-Corruption Day 2023 is “UNCAC at 20: Uniting the World Against Corruption“. The 2023 International Anti-Corruption Day (IACD) seeks to highlight the crucial link between anti-corruption and security, and development. At its core is the notion that tackling this crime is the right and responsibility of everyone, and that only through cooperation and the involvement of each and every person and institution can we overcome the negative impact of this crime.

States, government officials, civil servants, law enforcement officers, media representatives, the private sector, civil society, academia, the public and youth alike all have a role to play in uniting the world against corruption.

What did UN Secretary-General say on Corruption?

‘Corruption is immoral, criminal offence, and the absolute betrayal of public trust. It is even more adverse in crisis times as the world is encountering now with the COVID-19 Epidemic. The reaction to the virus is establishing new opportunities to manipulate weak surveillance and inadequate translucency, deflecting funds away from people in the times of their greatest need.’ Said UN Secretary-General António Guterres, on Corruption in the context of COVID-19.

How does Corruption Impact?

Corruption ambushes the organization of democratic institutions by perverting the rule of law, altering electoral processes, and establishing bureaucratic quagmires whose only justification for prevailing is the soliciting of bribes. Economic development is hindered because foreign direct investment is discouraged, and small businesses within the nation often find it impossible to overcome the start-up expenses required because of Corruption.

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Nations worldwide have taken substantial measures to deal with the health emergency and avoid a global financial collapse. They promptly mobilized billions in funds to acquire medical equipment and provide an economic safety net for inhabitants and businesses in distress. However, the critical responses required oversaw some mobilizing trade submission, supervision, and responsibility for the achievement of rapid effect, thus establishing significant reliefs for Corruption.

What is India’s Rank in CPI?

The Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) is the most widely-used global corruption ranking in the world. It measures how corrupt each country’s public sector is perceived to be, according to experts and businesspeople. India is the 85 least corrupt nation out of 180 countries, according to the 2021 Corruption Perceptions Index reported by Transparency International.

The top performers in Asia Pacific are New Zealand (CPI score: 88), Singapore (85) and Hong Kong (76). However, most countries sit firmly below the global average of 43. This includes three countries with some of the lowest scores in the world: Cambodia (23), Afghanistan (16) and North Korea (16).

Jagatguru Tatvadarshi Saint Rampal Ji Maharaj Has Solution

Corruption is a social evil that has been persistent for centuries. There are many ways of fighting it, but the only effective way which guarantees its defeat is “Spirituality.” Spiritual science has the solution to every problem that humans face. All we need is the Right Spiritual Teacher who knows the solution to every problem. Presently, Jagatguru Tatvadarshi Saint Rampal Ji Maharaj is the only True Spiritual Teacher.

How Can It Be Eradicated From The World?

We are fortunate enough to have known about the only right spiritual teacher in the entire world. Everyone must take name initiation from Enlightened Saint Rampal Ji Maharaj and follow the proper worship of Almighty Supreme God Kabir. Because this is the only way to eradicate all the deadly social evils like Corruption, dowry, rape, thefts, and others from this world, fill this form right away to take initiation from Saint Rampal Ji Maharaj.

International Anti-Corruption Day 2023 Slogans

  • ‘Anti-Corruption starts from You!’
  • ‘Be a part of the treatment, not the cause’
  • ‘Corruption is pollution that kills Humanity’
  • ‘Be Human and fight Corruption’
  • ‘Shame on their name who wrecked our Nation’s fame’

International Anti-Corruption Day 2023 Quotes

“I Will Not Let Anyone Walk Through My Mind With Their Dirty Feet.” Mahatma Gandhi

“Power Attracts The Corruptible. Absolute Power Attracts The Absolutely Corruptible.” Frank Herbert

“Power Does Not Corrupt Men; Fools, However, If They Get Into A Position Of Power, Corrupt Power.” George Bernard Shaw

“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

“What Is It About The Government And Its Agents And Employees That They Can Lie To Us With Impunity, But We Risk Being Sent To Jail If We Lie To Them?” Andrew P. Napolitano

“Power Tends To Corrupt; Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely.” Lord Acton

FAQ about International Anti-Corruption Day

1-Which United Nations organization organized International Anti-Corruption Day?

The United Nations Development Program organizes it.

2-Which nation has the lowest level of corruption?

Denmark, New Zealand, and Finland are seen as the least corrupt countries in the world, rating continuously high in corruption rates.

Who started anti-corruption Day?

The UN General Assembly adopted the United Nations Convention against Corruption on October 31, 2003.

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