Unic Press UK: The United Nations secretary-general, Antonio Guterres, has reiterated that CORRUPTION is immoral, criminal.
Guterres denounced the plague, corruption, as the ultimate betrayal of public trust.
In a statement Thursday on corruption in the context of COVID-19, Guterres said that unscrupulous merchants are peddling faulty products, such as, defective ventilators, poorly manufactured tests or counterfeit medicines. He therefore called for an end to such thievery/exploitation by “clamping down on illicit financial flows and tax havens; tackling the vested interests that benefit from secrecy and corruption; and exercising utmost vigilance over how resources are spent nationally.”
Guterres added that corruption at the time of COVID-19 has the potential to seriously undermine good governance around the world and vitiate the efforts towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
The UN chief urged all the Governments’ and all leaders to be transparent and accountable, and to use the tools provided by the United Nations Convention against Corruption. The Convention against Corruption was adopted in 31 October 2003 and came into force on 14 December 2005.
Corruption is criminal, immoral & the ultimate betrayal of public trust.
It is even more damaging in times of crisis – like the world is seeing right now amid #COVID19.
— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) October 15, 2020