United Nations and Viet Nam’s Government Inspectorate launch “Your No Counts” campaign to mark Anti-Corruption Day

Dec 9, 2007

Ha Noi - The United Nations together with the Government Inspectorate will mark International Anti-Corruption Day with a nationwide campaign called, “Corruption: Your No Counts” to support a positive, pro-active and personal stance against corruption.  

Attitudes towards corruption are changing around the world and there are signs of growing intolerance toward corruption in many countries, including Viet Nam.  The “Your No Counts” campaign will promote the message to all 64 provinces of Viet Nam that each person has a role to play in the fight against corruption.   

Corruption not only contributes to the undermining of the rule of law, fosters an anti-democratic environment characterized by uncertainty, unpredictability and declining moral values; it also hinders economic development and investment.   

“Corruption always hurts the poor the most,” said UN Resident Coordinator John Hendra. “It diverts funds intended for development, it undermines a government's ability to provide basic services, and it feeds inequality and injustice. The United Nations Convention against Corruption offers a unique opportunity to respond effectively to corruption -- and by doing so, enhance the prospects for personal and societal development in Viet Nam.”   

Every year on December 9th, International Anti-Corruption Day advocates for zero tolerance towards corruption and promotes the UN Convention against Corruption as the key tool to fight corruption worldwide and as the impetus for a global and forceful movement.   

The Convention, which came into effect in 2003, is the first to comprehensively address the issue of corruption providing the opportunity for a global response to a global problem. Already over 100 countries have ratified the Convention showing an acute awareness of the severity of the problem, as well as a remarkable political commitment to tackle it. Viet Nam has yet to ratify the Convention.  

“The United Nations Convention against Corruption provides comprehensive, universal and even-handed measures for tackling corruption,” said Viet Nam’s Inspector General Mr. Tran Van Truyen. “The Party and State of Viet Nam will make all efforts to complement our existing legislative framework with this important convention.”    
The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Representative Ms Narumi Yamada added that, “The United Nations is ready to assist Viet Nam in the implementation of this important convention as soon as it’s ratified.”
UNODC will support the Government Inspectorate to launch the “Your No Counts” campaign, which will use TV, newspaper, poster and mobile phone channels to highlight anti-corruption messages and advocate for Viet Nam’s ratification of the UN Convention Against Corruption.

The Mission of the United Nations in Viet Nam
The United Nations, in partnership with the government and people of Viet Nam, works to ensure that all Vietnamese people enjoy an increasingly healthy and prosperous life with greater human dignity and expanded choices. Collectively and through its individual agencies, the United Nations cares and creates opportunities for the poor and most vulnerable, and for youth, to whom the future belongs.
In accordance with the United Nations Charter and Millennium Declaration, the United Nations advances the principles of equality and social justice, while providing impartial advice, technical expertise, access to global knowledge and local experience to meet Viet Nam's development challenges.

Contact informationMs Nguyen Viet Lan, UN Communications,
84-4-822-4383 ext 121 nguyen.viet.lan@undp.org
Mr Nguyen Tuong Dung, UN Office on Drugs and Crime, 84-4-942-1495 ext 174 tuong.dung@unodc.org 
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