The UN anti-corruption conference started on Monday in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, calling for intensified efforts to prevent and combat corruption to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
“As we enter the Decade of Action to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals, we must unite against corruption to stop the drain on resources caused by illicit financial flows,” said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message to the eighth session of the Conference of the States Parties to the UN Convention against Corruption.
Yury Fedotov, executive director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, warned against the role of corruption in facilitating crime and other threats, calling corruption “the sinister enabler of some of the worst problems we face”.
The UN Convention against Corruption, with 186 parties, is the only legally binding universal anti-corruption instrument. Every two years, the states parties to the Convention meet to review the implementation of the Convention and to discuss how the world can better tackle corruption.
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