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International Anti-Corruption Day 2021: History, significance, theme and quotes| All you need to know

Every year on December 9, the International Anti-Corruption Day is celebrated. The objective of the day is to increase global awareness about the need of having a corrupt-free nation and society.

This year, the theme for International Anti-Corruption Day is Your right, Your role: Say no to corruption. On the occasion, the UNDP and UNODC work together with their regional partners to fight corruption at the cross borders and also encourage people to share information.

International Anti-Corruption Day history, significance

On October 31, 2003, the United General Assembly adopted the United Nations Convention against corruption and had urged the Secretary-General to designate the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime as a secretariat for the Convention’s Conference. Along with this, the UNGA also decided to designate December 9 as International Anti-Corruption Day. The initiative came into force in December 2005.

International Anti-Corruption Day 2021 quotes

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On the occasion of International Anti-Corruption Day 2021, here are some inspirational quotes.

  • “People’s indifference is the best breeding ground for corruption to grow” — Delia Ferreira, chair of Transparency International.
  • “Corruption is paid by the poor” — Pope Francis.
  • “The duty of youth is to challenge corruption” — Kurt Cobain, Nirvana
  • “The corruption of the best things gives rise to the worst.” -David Hume
  • “There can be no compromise regarding corruption.” -Atal Bihari Vajpayee
  • “Fighting corruption is not just good governance. It’s self-defence. It’s patriotism.” -Joe Biden
  • “None of the main issues which humanity is facing will be resolved without access to information” — Christophe Deloire, secretary-general of Reporters Without Borders.
  • “There are still those of us who work to overcome corruption and believe it to be possible” — Padmé Amidala, Star Wars.
  • “When you don’t take a stand against corruption you tacitly support it.” -Kamal Haasan
  • “Integrity, transparency and the fight against corruption have to be part of the culture. They have to be taught as fundamental values.” — Angel Gurría, OECD secretary general.

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