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Break the Corruption Chain


08.12.2015 - Corruption attacks the foundation of democratic institutions. It distorts electoral processes, perverts the rule of law and creates a bureaucratic mess. 

Corruption is a complex social, political and economic phenomenon that affects all countries. Corruption undermines democratic institutions, slows economic development and contributes to governmental instability. 


Corruption is the single greatest obstacle to economic and social development around the world. Every year $1 trillion is paid in bribes while an estimated $2.6 trillion are stolen annually through corruption – a sum equivalent to more than 5% of the global GDP.

The Environment

Corruption also takes a serious toll on the environment. A number of sectors are particularly vulnerable to corruption, including forestry, the protection of endangered species, water supply, oil exploitation, fisheries and hazardous waste management.

What can be done?

Preventing and combating corruption requires a comprehensive approach, but only in a climate of transparency, accountability and participation by all members of society is this possible. Governments, the private sector, the media, civil society organizations and the general public need to work together to curb this crime.

  • Governments: stimulate legislative reform that will establish legislative and institutional frameworks against corruption with robust enforcement and punitive measures.

  • Private Sector: Companies should take a zero-tolerance attitude towards corruption and put policies in place covering issues such as gifts, supply chains and whistleblowers, in order to promote a fair and just environment.

  • Media: By using the often unique position that they occupy in society, the media can provide checks and balances on Government and private sector involvement in corrupt practices.

  • Civil Society: People should inform themselves about what their Governments are doing to tackle corruption and hold elected officials responsible for their actions. Actions are also key – reporting incidences of corruption to the authorities, teaching children that corruption is unacceptable, and refusing to pay or accept bribes.

The UN marks 9 December as International Anti-Corruption Day, to raise awareness of corruption and of the role of the Convention in combating and preventing it. 

The #breakthechain campaign highlights that corruption is a cross-cutting crime, impacting many areas. It shows that acting against corruption is imperative to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, which aim to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all.


UNRICs Related Links

·         Call to Action Matrix

·         UN Convention against Corruption

·         Corruption and Development

·         Corruption and the Environment

·         Break the Chain

·         Sustainable Development Goals


Photo Credits

·         Cover Photo: UN Photo/UNODC



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