“Today, the highest political leadership in Fiji is re-committing to SDG 16 and UNCAC implementation by launching a public sector wide, ‘I don’t accept bribes’ campaign to say a resolute ‘no’ to bribery!”, said Mr. Levan Bouadze, UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji Resident Representative during the event speaking on behalf of UNDP and UNODC, the two partners of UN-PRAC.
Mr. Bouadze also noted and commended that this initiative is fully aligned with the country’s commitment to achieve SDG Target 16.5 – to “substantially reduce corruption and bribery in all their forms” and UNCAC’s articles 7 on the public sector and 15 on the active and passive forms of bribery of national public officials.
International Anti-Corruption Day is being commemorated around the world on 9 December with the theme of Recover with Integrity. The Suva event included messages from the President of Fiji, His Excellency Major-General (Ret'd) Jioji Konusi Konrote, the Attorney-General and Minister for Economy, Civil Service and Communications, Honorable Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji Resident Representative Levan Bouadze, Australian Acting High Commissioner to Fiji, Ms Anna Dorney and New Zealand High Commissioner to Fiji, Mr Jonathan Curr.
UN-PRAC, a joint initiative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), sees the International Anti-Corruption Day as a bridge between the partnerships needed to assist all Pacific countries to Recover with Integrity and the countdown towards next year’s United Nations General Assembly Special Session against corruption (UNGASS) from 2 - 4 June 2021.
The UN-PRAC Project is a joint initiative by UNODC and UNDP supported by the Australian Government and the New Zealand Aid Programme.
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