International Anti-Corruption Day is celebrated on December 9 around the world. This holiday is an opportunity to join forces with like-minded people and oppose the illegal activities that are the result of corruption. This is an important issue, and humanity still has a great deal of work to do to eradicate it.
The UN proclaimed December 9 as International Anti-Corruption Day in 2003, recognizing the significance of the date in highlighting the issue of corruption. The Assembly was alarmed by the swift progress of corruption around the world, and unfortunately, the situation has not fully changed since then. In many countries, corruption is seen as normal. According to surveys of the population, people are becoming more resistant to corrupt practices, and many of them have become activists who promote integrity and adherence to principles.
- In South Korea, there is a law that provides a bonus to anyone who points out a corrupt civil servant.
- Over the past two decades, China has executed about 10 officials, including the mayor of Beijing.
- In 2014, Georgia made a unique move, firing about 30 police officers on suspicion of corruption.
- Bribes in Mexico amount to 10% of the country’s GDP, which is comparable to income from tourism.
- The World Bank estimates that more than 1 trillion US dollars are taken as bribes every year worldwide.
- The main factor of corruption is self-interest.
How to take part
Find out what events are taking place in your city and join them. Learn more about the UN anti-bribery program and offer your help. If you work in an area that is potentially exposed to corruption, express your opinion to others and practice transparency!
When is International Anti-Corruption Day celebrated in 2023?
International Anti-Corruption Day is observed on December 9 each year.