Happy professional Day!
The International Anti-Corruption Day is celebrated annually on December 9.
On October 31, 2003, the General Assembly adopted the United Nations Convention against Corruption. The Secretary-General designated the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime as the secretariat of the Convention’s Conference of the States Parties (resolution 58/4). Since then, more than 180 countries have already made anti-corruption commitments, reflecting a general recognition of the importance of good governance, accountability and commitment.
By Law N251-V of October 18, 2006, Ukraine ratified the UN Convention against Corruption, signed on behalf of Ukraine on December 11, 2003. In addition, by Laws N252-V and N253-V of October 18, 2006, Ukraine ratified the Criminal Convention on Combating, signed on behalf of Ukraine on January 27, 1999 in Strasbourg, as well as the Additional Protocol to this Convention, signed on behalf of Ukraine in Strasbourg on May 15, 2003.
On this day, we emphasize the crucial link between the fight against corruption and peace, security and development. It is based on the idea that fighting this crime is everyone’s right and responsibility, and that only through the cooperation and participation of each and every individual and institution can we overcome the negative consequences of this crime. States, government officials, civil servants, law enforcement officials, members of the media, the private sector, civil society, academia, the public and youth all have a role to play in uniting the world against corruption.
The 2022 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) shows that most countries are failing to stop corruption. According to the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) for 2022, Ukraine ranks 116th out of 180 possible countries in the ranking of assessment of the spread of corruption in the world and received 33 points out of 100 possible.
The CPI ranks 180 countries and territories around the world by their perceived levels of public sector corruption, scoring on a scale of 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean).
Algeria, Angola, Zambia, Mongolia, El Salvador, and the Philippines also have 33 points. Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Gambia, Indonesia, Malawi, Nepal, Sierra Leone are one point ahead of us — they all have 34 points. Dominican Republic, Kenya, and Niger have one point less than Ukraine.
33 points scored by Ukraine in 2022 is the highest indicator of our country since the launch of the updated CPI methodology. Thus, over the past 10 years, the indicator of Ukraine has increased by 8 points.
We define corruption as the abuse of entrusted power for private gain, which undermines public trust, impedes economic development, erodes the ability to protect people, provokes security threats that are increasingly difficult to control and further increases inequality, poverty, social divisions and environmental crisis.
Exposing corruption and holding the corrupt to account can only happen if we understand the way corruption works and the systems that enable it.
Corruption can happen anywhere: in business, government, the courts, the media and civil society, and in all sectors, from health and education to infrastructure and sport. It can involve anyone: politicians, government officials, public servants, business people or members of the public.
To fight corruption, we must embrace transparency. But transparency is only the first step in the fight against corruption.
The teams of the International Anti-Corruption Assembly and its affiliated organizations wish you that all structures of public activity are transparent and accessible. That any issue can be solved legally and in a timely manner. That the victory over corruption will bring new opportunities, get rid of fear and passivity.
We wish you abundance, great prospects and open doors on the way to amazing goals!