This course is offered by the UNSSC for a FEE.
Duration: 5 days, 22-26 September
Corruption is found in rich and poor, developing and developed countries alike, albeit in different forms and magnitude. Evidence confirms that corruption hurts the poor disproportionately and hinders efforts to achieve the MDGs by reducing access to social services and diverting resources away from investments in infrastructure, institutions and social services. Corruption also undermines democracy and the rule of law, leads to violations of human rights, distorts markets, erodes quality of life and allows organized crime, terrorism and other threats to human security to flourish.
On 14 December 2005 the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) entered into force. As of November 2011 it has been ratified or acceded to by 156 States. It is widely accepted as the international framework guiding the fight against corruption and it provides common standards for national policies, institutions and practices in the areas of preventing corruption and criminalization and law enforcement. It also enshrines the need for capacity development to meet these standards, through technical assistance and information exchange. It links corruption to sustainable development, national stability, human security, democracy and the rule of law.
Corruption exacts a higher price on poor people, whether in the forms of bribes, as an invisible additional ‘tax’, or by lowering the quality of services they are entitled to, and it must therefore be tackled in the context of the wider political economy of public sector governance in each country.
Like Member States, UN Agencies are expected to use the framework in their anti-corruption and broader programming activities. Mainstreaming anti-corruption is most likely to be successful if it is closely integrated into overall policy and program guidance, and for the UN system that will include the need to integrate anti-corruption into the UNDAF and national programming processes.
In view of the UN’s long standing experience in integrating international normative standards into domestic legislation and national development plans and policies, UNSSC, in close collaboration with UNODC and UNDP is developing a Resource Package and Training Materials for use in an upcoming inter-agency ToT focused on the application of anti-corruption as an important programmatic consideration into the UN programming process.