UNDP takes part in the International Anti-Corruption Day

Dec 9, 2014

Break the Corruption Chain

On the occasion of the International Anti-Corruption Day, the National Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha) held a seminar titled “The Role of Media and Cultural Institutions in Promoting Integrity and Anti-Corruption Practices” on 9 December 2014, under the patronage of HRH Turki Bin Abdullah, Governor of Riyadh. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Deputy Resident Representative, Firas Gharaibeh, gave an opening speech on the role of Saudi Arabia as a member state in the UN Convention against Corruption since 2013.

“Fighting corruption effectively requires partnerships of all stakeholders, not only the government but also civil society, academia the media, among others. The United Nations recognizes the need to collaborate with different partners to combat corruption and for this purpose, the UN is working to integrate transparency and accountability into the Post 2015 Development Agenda. The media plays a vital role in raising awareness in societies about corruption and to report it and to ensure integrity and accountability for the benefit of all citizens and governments,” he said.

Saudi Arabia rank in the 2014 Corruption Perception Index by Transparency International, improved by three points (from 46 points in 2013 to 49 in 2014), proves the effectiveness of the ongoing efforts and progress made by the Saudi Government through Nazaha.

The theme of this year global International Anti-Corruption Day is “Break the Corruption Chain”. The United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) entered the force on 14th December 2005 which was the first legally binding international agreement to fight corruption in all of its forms. International Anti-Corruption Day was designed on the 9th December to raise awareness of corruption and preventing it by what methods.

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message for the 2014 International Anti-Corruption Day stated: “To dismantle corruption’s high walls, I urge every nation to ratify and implement the UN Convention against Corruption. Its ground breaking measures in the areas of prevention, criminalization, international cooperation and asset recovery have made important inroads, but there is much more to do”.

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