International Anti-Corruption Day is recognized globally on the 9th of December each year. In 2023, we want to highlight how local governments contribute to tackle corruption.

Corruption is a complex problem that affects the social, political, and economic aspects of all countries. It undermines democracy by distorting elections and perverting the rule of law, as well as creating instability, and slowing economic growth. Affecting every country, corruption has negative impacts on every single aspect of society, disproportionately affecting the poorest and most marginalized people, including women. It undermines democratic institutions, reduces trust in governance systems, and jeopardizes progress across all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

On 31 October 2003, the General Assembly adopted the United Nations Convention against Corruption and requested that the Secretary-General designate the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) as the secretariat for the Convention’s Conference of States Parties (resolution 58/4). Since then, 190 parties have committed to the Convention’s anti-corruption obligations, showing near-universal recognition of the importance of good governance, accountability, and political commitment.

This Convention and the values it promotes are more important than ever, which requires everyone to join efforts to tackle this crime. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and the Secretariat for the Convention’s Conference of the States Parties, are at the forefront of ensuring a world #UnitedAgainstCorruption.

As part of the UN family, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is working to support anti-corruption efforts at global, regional, and country levels. The UNDP Anti-Corruption Innovation Initiative has assisted 11 countries in leveraging new tools to detect, analyze, and monitor corruption and integrity risks.

Also, UNDP, United Cities and Local Government and the Open Government Partnership Local are supporting local government efforts to innovate Open Local Government and improve transparency and communicating in local decision making in a campaign titled “Building bridges, empowering citizens”.

You can read more about the campaign here.