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RECOVER WITH INTEGRITY

States all over the world have taken significant measures to cope with the ongoing pandemic by mobilizing the resources necessary to address the health emergency, and to avoid a global economic collapse and stave off a potential depression.

In taking such emergency measures, some States may have relaxed safeguards by trading compliance, oversight and accountability for speed of response and achievement of rapid impact; thus, creating significant opportunities for corruption as never seen before.

Corruption related to the public health sector disrupts all stages of a functioning healthcare system: procurement and distribution, management in food supply chains and sanitation, as well as research and development.

A lack of oversight, transparency, and stakeholder involvement due to the urgent responses required during the pandemic have exposed vulnerabilities and weaknesses in governance systems and public service delivery.

As the world is recovering from this pandemic, countries need to address these weaknesses by bringing their national legal frameworks in line with the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC).

This year’s campaign for International Anti-Corruption Day will therefore focus on measures to reduce the risks of mismanagement and corruption without compromising the speed and flexibility demanded by the health crisis, while ensuring an inclusive recovery.

This year’s motto “RECOVER with INTEGRTY” focuses on recovery through corruption mitigation and emphasizes that inclusive COVID-19 recovery can only be achieved with integrity.

This requires the involvement of strong anti-corruption bodies, better oversight over emergency support packages, more open and transparent public procurement and enhanced anti-corruption compliance by the private sector. Furthermore, countries need to ensure support and protection for whistle-blowers and journalists uncovering corruption during the pandemic.

Overall, there is an urgent need to ensure access to information about public decision-making on the pandemic relief efforts. We also need better international cooperation among law enforcement and judicial authorities investigating and prosecuting cases of corruption, which have both national and international ramifications.

The global campaign will focus specifically on mitigating corruption and enhancing accountability in:

Two other related areas will also be highlighted:

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