Corruption is also known as the criminal activity undertaken by a person or organization in order to acquire benefits for one's own gain. This may include bribery or any other illegal practices prohibited by law. It is the biggest hindrance today in the growth and development of a nation.
December 9, 2019: Today, International Anti-Corruption Day is celebrated across the world in order to create awareness for the general public about anti-corruption.
United Nations has shared the data and as per that the statistics show that around $1 Trillion are paid in bribes whereas Embezzlement of a whopping $2.6 trillion is done annually as a part of corruption.
The above amount stated is more than 5% of the global GDP (Gross Domestic Product) and this hampers social and economic development in all the societies across the world.
WHY IS THIS DAY OBSERVED?
As on October 31, 2003, the United Nations General Assembly held a convention against corruption and designated December 9 as the International Anti-corruption day to be observed every year from 2005 onwards.
This day focuses on creating awareness among the people about corruption and how to fight against it in order to prevent the same.
ANTI-CORRUPTION DAY THEME & SIGNIFICANCE
This year the theme of International Anti-Corruption Day is "United Against Corruption".
United Nations has started a global campaign #UnitedAgainstCorruption which focuses on corruption as the biggest obstacle in the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
# Corruption is a big hindrance to the Sustainable Development Goals and how it negatively affects us all.
#YouthForJustice - This describes the importance of youth empowerment to fight for a corruption-free world.
#UnitedAgainstCorruption - Take the action, Lead the change and Be the change - This emphasizes on not only knowing about the corruption but also take action towards curbing the bad practices.
HOW CORRUPTION AFFECTS THE GROWTH?
# In developing countries, due to the malpractices and corruption, funds are lost to an estimate of more than 10 times the amount which can be used for the development of a nation.
# Corruption is known as a serious crime that can hamper the social and economic development of a nation.
# As per United Nations, no country, region or community is immune as corruption has taken over all the areas.
Let's come together and stand united against corruption today and continue to support the 2030 Agenda as a backbone of the campaign.