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Thursday, 16 November 2017 00:00

Belize took a momentous step on December 9, 2016, International Anti-Corruption Day, by signing its accession to the United Nation’s Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC). Belize became the 182nd country to sign into the international agreement and as a part of the UNCAC, a series of activities are being held countrywide to celebrate the one-year anniversary with the intention of engaging youth, women, and other relevant bodies.

The anti-corruption training for secondary and tertiary students during the months of November and December have come about from the collaboration between the United Nation’s Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and the Attorney General’s Ministry of Belize.

Leading up to International Anti-Corruption Day 2017, the anti-corruption trainings will be held and accompanied with an essay content, talk shows on television,a national symposium featuring national and regional experts, and the launch of a study on gender and corruption.

A team from UNDP Belize in cooperation with UNODC in Panama has been deployed in an effort to engage secondary and tertiary students. The team has already visited the University of Belize in Belmopan, Galen University, Stann Creek Ecumenical Junior College, and the Corozal Junior College. Institutions to be visited include Our Lady of Guadeloupe Catholic High School in Belmopan and Muffles Junior College in Orange Walk.

The team will host communicative sessions to talk about corruption in its entirety as well as the basics of the UNCAC. In addition, students will engage in “Introduction to Anti-Corruption”, an e-Learning module developed by the UN which will allow students to receive an official UNODC Certificate of Completion.

This activity contributes to fulfilment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically SDG 16“promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels,” which calls for a substantial reduction in corruption and bribery in all their forms.