Stellt die Friedensfragen!

Message on International Anti-Corruption Day, 9 December 2008

Erstellt am 05.12.2008 von Andreas Hermann Landl
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(UNIS/SGSM/090 – 5 December 2008) United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

“Your ‘No’ Counts”

VIENNA,  9 December (UN Information Service) – The world is reeling from
a  global  financial  crisis,  caused  in  part  by  greed  and corruption.

Confidence in the financial system has been battered. The integrity of many
banks  has  been  called  into  question.  Many people have lost their life savings.

This  is bad enough, yet another, silent financial crisis afflicting the world’s  poorest  people attracts far less attention. Every year across the developing  world,  billions  of  dollars  that are badly needed for health care,  schools,  clean  water and infrastructure are stolen or lost through bribes  and  other misdeeds. This makes it harder to provide basic services and  achieve  the  Millennium  Development  Goals.  It  denies people their
fundamental human rights.

The   United  Nations  is  fighting  back. 

The  UN  Convention  against Corruption,  which  came  into  force  in  December  2005,  contains strong measures  for building integrity and fighting corruption that apply to both
the  public  and  private  sectors.  There  is  an  urgent need to make the Convention  work  and  become  the  global  norm.  I  look  forward  to the establishment  of  a  robust  mechanism  to  review  implementation  of the Convention,  which  is  expected  to  be  adopted by the next conference of States Parties.

The  global  financial  crisis  also  underlines  the  need  for greater regulation.  Under  the Convention, bank secrecy is no longer an impediment to  recovering stolen assets. The World Bank and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime  are  making  important progress in helping States to get their money back through the Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative.

It  is  not  only governments and financial institutions that need to do more  to prevent corruption and strengthen integrity.

Corruption affects us all. 

  1. It  weakens  democratic  institutions,
  2. undermines the rule of law and
  3. enables  „terrorists“  to finance their nefarious work.

On this International Day, let us all do our part to strengthen integrity, play by the rules, and turn  the  tide  against  this  global  menace.As UNODC’s anti-corruption campaign states, your „no“ counts.

United Nations Information Service Vienna (UNIS Vienna)
P.O.Box 500
1400 Vienna
Tel.: (+43-1) 26060-4666
Fax: (+43-1) 26060-7-5899


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