CORRUPTION has a catastrophic impact on societies as it stifles opportunities, denying vulnerable people access to infrastructure and social services, and condemns them to lives of inequality and inequity, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
Both the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and UNODC have called on people across the globe to join the campaign to raise awareness and take action against corruption.
In a startling revelation, the UNDP reported that a whopping $1 trillion is paid in bribes and an estimated $2.6 trillion is stolen through corruption.
The Philippines has been addressing the issue since President Duterte assumed office by running after those involved in graft and corruption.
In fact, a few days back, President Duterte dismissed five commissioners of the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP) precisely on corruption allegations.
Fighting corruption is an integral part of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. UNODC president Yury Fedotov sums it up: “If people are to be removed from poverty and economic growth promoted, the world must stand united against corruption.”