SG Guterres challenges global leaders to take moral stand to root out corruption


EYEAFRICA TV: New York, USA: Corruption is considered a strong constraint on growth and development. The academic literature, however, finds different effects of corruption on economic performance.
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has been challenging global leaders to take a moral stand to root out corruption and install a culture of integrity from the top down, saying corruption affects both developed and developing countries.
Speaking at an event marking the 15th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption, Guterres said corruption cripples economic development and societies cannot function equitably and efficiently when public officials – from doctors to police, judges and politicians – enrich themselves rather than perform their duties with integrity.”
He said corruption creates a sense of desperation and fuels the large movements of people seeking better prospects.
Guterres stressed the need to eradicate corruption at all levels and restore trust where it has been lost, emphasizing the importance of civil society, a free press, and young people, in bringing to light corrupt practices and holding individuals, businesses and governments to account.
“If governments are serious about doing the best for their citizens, then pledges to promote integrity and clamp down on corruption must be more than campaign promises and words on paper.”

The head of the UN Office on Drugs And Crime (UNODC) Yury Fedotov said it was hard to imagine just 15 years ago, historically a very short period of time, there was no global instrument to criminalise corruption, to fight briberies, to recover and return stolen assets; now, nearly every country in the world has corruption offenses in their books; they cooperate and provide mutual legal assistance.”

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