Sun 10-12-2017 22:26 PM
ABU DHABI, 10th December, 2017 (WAM) -- The Abu Dhabi Police will organise on Wednesday, 13th December, the International Anti-Corruption Day Conference.
This unique conference at the country level will be held at the St. Regis Hotel in Abu Dhabi.
Lt. Colonel Matar Mu'ded Al Muhairi, Head of the Anti-Corruption Department at the Abu Dhabi Police, said the two-day event will discuss the latest trends and international best practices and experiments, with the aim of embedding the value of job integrity and mechanisms to combat corruption.
''The conference aims to provide experts from the UN and other organisations with an interactive regional platform to share anti-corruption experiences and experiments,'' he stated.
He noted that this event is part of the International Anti-Corruption Day, celebrated worldwide on the 9th of December each year. "This occasion is an international event during which energies are dedicated to raising awareness and sharing experiences on ways to combat corruption."
Additionally, Al Muhairi remarked that this conference reflects the keenness and attention accorded by the UAE leadership to educate the community on this issue. The 2017 theme is "United against corruption for development, peace and security."
Every year, $1 trillion is paid in bribes, while an estimated $2.6 trillion is stolen annually through corruption – a sum equivalent to more than 5 per cent of the global gross domestic product. In developing countries, according to the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, funds lost to corruption are estimated at 10 times the amount of official development assistance.
Corruption is a serious crime that can undermine social and economic development in all societies. No country, region or community is immune. This year, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and UNDP have developed a joint global campaign, focusing on how corruption affects education, health, justice, democracy, prosperity and development.
The 2017 joint international campaign focused on corruption as one of the greatest impediments to achieving Sustainable Development Goals.