Holistic Integrity Frameworks to Address Corruption
Jun 1, 2021
Corruption is a complex and multi-faceted phenomenon which hinders development and undermines the security of societies. Increases in new and existing forms of corruption brought about by COVID-19 have infiltrated all areas of life, including the health and welfare sectors and the economy. Therefore it is now more important than ever that corruption is combated in all its forms through a holistic, multi-disciplinary and co-ordinated response that goes beyond the traditional public-private sector divide.
In recognition of the adverse impact of corruption on development and security, all 14 Pacific Island countries have either ratified or acceded to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC). UNCAC is the only legally binding, global anti-corruption instrument. The Convention was adopted by the General Assembly in October 2003 and entered into force in December 2005. To date, there are 187 States parties to UNCAC, representing a ground-breaking commitment to tackle corruption.