QUETTA: The Anti-Corruption Week would be observed from December 9-14, 2013 in the Balochistan province. The Week would mark the celebration of the International Anti-Corruption Day, which is observed on December 09, 2013 every year in the country as elsewhere in the world.
Different functions would be arranged marking the Day while the posters and banners inscribed with the slogans against corruption would be displayed at all the government offices.
According to an official hand out issued here, the provincial government has decided to celebrate the day with the pledge to take every possible steps for putting an end to corruption in the government institutions.
It may be mentioned here that the Anti-Corruption Day has been observed annually, on 9 December, since the passage of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption on 31 October 2003.
As far background of the Day, the UN Convention states, in part, that the UN is “concerned about the seriousness of problems and threats posed by corruption to the stability and security of societies, undermining the institutions and values of democracy, ethical values and justice and jeopardizing sustainable development and the rule of law” and delegates to the Convention the power to: “promote and strengthen measures to prevent and combat corruption more efficiently and effectively… promote, facilitate and support international cooperation and technical assistance in the prevention of and fight against corruption…(and) promote integrity, accountability and proper management of public affairs and public property…”
A campaign had also been launched under the theme “Your NO counts campaign” in 2009. The campaign was a joint international campaign created by the United Nations Development Programme and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime to mark International Anti-Corruption Day and raise awareness about corruption and how to fight it.
The joint international campaign had focused on how corruption hinders efforts to achieve the internationally agreed upon MDGs, undermines democracy and the rule of law, leads to human rights violations, distorts markets, erodes quality of life and allows organized crime, terrorism and other threats to human security to flourish.