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Published: 0138 GMT December 09, 2018

UN envoy hails Iran’s anti-corruption campaign

UN envoy hails Iran’s anti-corruption campaign

The representative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Iran praised the country’s progress in its campaign against crimes and corruption.

In a speech at the Tehran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (TCCIMA), Alexander Fedulov said this year, the UNODC celebrated the 15th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Convention against Corruption, Tasnim News Agency reported.

He added that the office is worried about the effect of corruption on citizens of countries around the world because it has targeted the security of the nations.

The ambassador further said Iran is a signatory to the UN convention and supports the international campaign on corruption.

Fedulov added that the convention has been approved by the Iranian Parliament, which proves that Tehran is resolved to combat corruption.     

Since late August, the Iranian Judiciary has begun to hold public trials of individuals involved in major economic corruption cases.

Iran has recently taken special measures in order to confront economic corruption.

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres on the occasion of the International Anti-Corruption Day said the cost of corruption is at least $2.6 trillion, equal to five percent of global gross domestic product. 

“Corruption is present in all countries, rich and poor, North and South”, said in a massage, a copy of which was obtained by IRNA through the United Nations Information Center (UNIC) in the Iranian capital on Sunday.

“Corruption is an assault on the values of the United Nations”, and “robs societies of schools, hospitals and other vital services, drives away foreign investment and strips nations of their natural resource,” Guterres said in his message.

He said corruption undermines the rule of law and abets crimes such as the illicit trafficking of people, drugs and arms.

“Tax evasion, money laundering and other illicit flows divert much-needed resources for sustainable development.”

He said that the World Economic Forum estimates the cost of corruption is at least $2.6 trillion, which means five percent of global gross domestic product.

“According to the World Bank, businesses and individuals pay more than $1 trillion in bribes each year”, he added.

UN chief also said that the UN Convention against Corruption is among the primary tools for advancing the fight.

Guterres urged the world to “work together to build a foundation of trust and accountability.”

“We can educate and empower citizens, promote transparency and strengthen international cooperation to recover stolen assets.”




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