Corruption presents major hurdle to achieving the MDGs

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Trillions of dollars lost to corruption

Corruption is a huge hurdle to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), according to the two United Nations bodies leading global awareness campaigns against corruption since 2009.

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) believe that, if only 10 per cent of the money lost from corruption is channelled back to development, it would be enough to achieve the MDGs by the 2015 deadline.

To commemorate International Anti-Corruption Day on 9 December, the agencies launched their 2013 campaign under the theme "Zero Corruption, 100 per cent development".

Israel Marañón is an Anti-Corruption Adviser within the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

"An important part of resources money that we receive from donors, we use that money to put in place programmes and projects to fight corruption. We have found that part of those resources they never get to the final person. They get lost in the middle. And by lost I mean they are stolen by corrupt people that are part of that chain. There are some countries where this problem is a huge problem. So, this is the importance that UNDP is giving to the fight. Because if we manage to fight corruption that means we will save the resources that we already have but that never get to the final destination because they are lost in the middle by corrupt practices."

The idea for the theme came from a Rwandan boy named Loic Christian Muhunde, the winner of a UN competition for young people to design an awareness campaign on the corrosive effects of corruption on development.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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