Statement of UNDP Administrator Helen Clark on International Anti-Corruption Day

Dec 9, 2012

The poor also have the most to lose from rapid degradation of natural resources stemming from corruption which enables laws and regulations to be circumvented. Illegal logging to which corrupt officials turn a blind eye, for example, can threaten the ecosystems on which poor people depend for their livelihoods, and lead to revenue losses for governments too. UNDP, through its work in support of the program Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, also known as REDD +, is helping to reduce the risk of corruption in forest management.

Preventing and combating corruption requires transparency and accountability at all levels.  UNDP now has some two decades of experience in supporting countries to fight corruption. Integrated approaches, encompassing capacity development, governance reforms, targeted anti-corruption measures, more transparency, and greater civic participation, have been proven to work well.

Anti-corruption measures need to be integrated into development planning processes. UNDP’s work on governance around the world aims to strengthen the national institutions and processes needed to build trust, improve responsiveness and accountability, and mobilise resources for development.

Taking back what was lost to corrupt practices is everyone’s responsibility – governments and civil society organizations, the private sector and the media, the general public, and youth who will play a pivotal role in seeing this agenda through so that their future is built on solid and honest foundations.

I encourage each of you to act against corruption today, to shine a light on those shadows, so that we can move together towards a better world.

UNDP and UNODC today launched a global competition to select the 2013 International Anti-Corruption Day campaign theme and logo. For more information see ACT – Against Corruption Today campaign Join us in curbing corruption and building a sustainable world.

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