International Anti-Corruption Day is observed on December 9 with an aim to raise people’s awareness of corruption and of the role of the United Nations Convention against Corruption in combating and preventing it.
Observed on: 9 December
Organized by: UN, UNODC, UNDP
Introduced in: 2003 (UN Resolution)
About International Anti-Corruption Day
Corruption is destroying everything in this world. It set backs countries economy, system and fair practices. It also affects one’s honesty or loyalty and even affects human rights. By considering all these UN General Assembly on October 31, 2003 designated December 9 as International Anti-Corruption Day with an aim to raise people’s awareness of corruption and of the role of the United Nations Convention against Corruption in combating and preventing it.
Activities and Programs on Anti-Corruption Day
Anti-Corruption Day is observed by political leaders, governments, legal bodies and different organizations and groups work together against corruption at different places. On this day events, programs, and activities are conducted at different places to give awareness against corruption and fraud in communities.
The message of this day is spread by different activities like essay competitions, speeches, posters and other materials, etc. on issues surrounding the topic of corruption.
An International campaign called “Your NO counts” created by the United Nations Development Program and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime to mark this day and raise awareness about corruption and how to fight it.
Theme for International Anti-Corruption Day
International Anti-Corruption Day 2020 Theme is “United Against Corruption“
International Anti-Corruption Day 2018 – 2019 Theme was “United against corruption for development, peace and security” (Global Campaign: “Corruption: An impediment to the Sustainable Development Goals“)
2016 – 2017 Theme: United against corruption for development, peace and security
2014 – 2015 Theme: Break the corruption chain
2013 Theme: Zero corruption – 100% development
2011 2012 Theme: ACT against corruption
2007 – 2010 Theme: Corruption – your NO counts
2005 – 2006 Theme: You can stop corruption
2004 Theme: With corruption everyone pays