International Anti-Corruption Day History
International Anti-Corruption Day seeks to raise awareness of corruption and its negative impact on societies. Corruption involves an abuse of entrusted power by dishonest or unethical conduct that leads to personal gain. No country in the world is entirely corruption-free, however some countries and regions are less affected than others. The Corruption Perceptions Index measures the perceived levels of public sector corruption around the world and states that over 68% of countries in the world have a serious corruption problem that fuels devastation by promoting human trafficking, exploitation, political instability, child mortality, poor education standards, environmental destruction and terrorism.
International Anti-Corruption Day was designated by the United Nations General Assembly in 2003 in an effort to highlight the negative impact of corruption on economic development and government stability. It is celebrated annually on December 9, a celebration that also showcases the role of the UN's Convention Against Corruption in preventing further corruption.
International Anti-Corruption Day Facts & Quotes
- The 2015 theme for International Anti-Corruption Day was Break the Corruption Chain.
- In 2001-2002, the Head of Research at the World Bank published an observed and calculated total results about corrupt payments. The total is estimated at somewhere around 1 trillion dollars.
- In Malaysia, the Prime Minister, Najib Razak, reportedly deposited $681 million into his personal account that was originally earmarked to be invested in attracting foreign investors and boosting its economy.
- Transparency International’s 2014 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) covering 175 countries reveals that more than two-thirds score less than 50 points on a scale, where 100 is fully clean of corruption and 1 is the very opposite. In short, most countries that were covered are deemed corrupt.
Corruption is a true enemy to development. - Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, the current President of Mongolia.
International Anti-Corruption Day Top Events and Things to Do
- Watch a movie about the dangers and destructiveness of corruption. Some suggestions are: Ramanaa (2002), Internal Affairs (1990) and Training Day (2001).
- Spend time reading and researching the Panama Papers problems which exposed corruption of high-standing politicians and companies worldwide.
- Raise awareness on social media by using the hashtags #BreaktheChain, #InternationalAnti-CorruptionDay and #EndCorruption.
- Print out campaign material and post it around the community and your workplace in order to raise awareness. Material can be found in a number of languages at the UN site.
- Read a book about the perils of corruption. Some suggestions are: Capital Corruption, Thinking About Political Corruption and From Watergate to Whitewater.