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International Anti-Corruption Day – 9 December

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What is corruption?

Corruption means dishonest or illegal behaviour, especially by people in power (for example -government officials, police officers, etc).

Why do we observe International Anti-Corruption Day (IACD)?

  • The United Nations (UN) observes this day to raise public awareness about corruption and its negative effects on social and economic development all over the world.
  • Corruption is also one of the biggest obstacles standing in the way of achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
  • This International Anti-Corruption Day was first observed in 2003.

This year’s theme is “Your right, your role: say no to corruption.”

  • The theme seeks to highlight the rights and responsibilities of everyone
  • Every single person – young and old – has a role to play to prevent and counter corruption.
  • To achieve this, policies, systems and measures need to be in place for people to be able to speak up and say no to corruption. 

Awareness and education are important to fight corruption. So, let us all do our part. You can also watch this video by the UN on corruption.


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