The International Anti-Corruption Day will be observed in the country today as elsewhere in the world, aiming to raise awareness against corruption.
The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) and the Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) have chalked out separate programs marking the day.
The ACC will bring out a procession from its head office in the capital and will form a human chain in front of the Commission in the morning.
It will arrange a discussion program at Shilpakala Academy auditorium at 11 am. ACC chairman M Badiuzzamn will speak at the discussion as the chief guest.
The TIB has taken various programs marking the day with a slogan in context of the Anti Corruption Commission (Amended) Act 2013 - ‘Want free, impartial and effective commission’.
It will hold a cartoon exhibition and human chain on the Dhaka University campus at 3:30 pm. DU VC Prof Dr Arefin Siddique will inaugurate the cartoon exhibition at the Fine Arts Faculty of the university at 4 pm.
Cartoonist Rafiqun Nabi and TIB trustee board chairperson Advocate Sultana Kamal and its executive director Dr Iftekharuzzaman will be present on the occasion.
The TIB will also distribute awards among reporters for their investigative reporting, which helped check graft.
On the occasion, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued a message saying that ‘corruption is a barrier to achieving the Millennium Development Goals and needs to be taken into account in defining and implementing a robust post-2015 development agenda’.
On October 31, 2003, the UN General Assembly adopted the United Nations Convention against Corruption and requested that the Secretary-General designate the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) as secretariat for the Convention’s Conference of States Parties.
The Assembly also designated December 9 as International Anti-Corruption Day, to raise awareness against corruption and of the role of the Convention in combating and preventing it. The Convention came into force in December 2005.