President Ashraf Ghani outlined Afghanistan’s anti-corruption efforts at a meeting in Kabul today, drawing high-level representatives from the Afghan authorities, the international community and the United Nations family.
‘The Way Ahead for Anti-Corruption in Afghanistan’ conference was organised by the European Union to assist the drive to develop new strategies to combat corruption.
In the latest Corruption Perceptions Index, Afghanistan ranks second from the bottom – ahead only of North Korea and Somalia – in terms of the perceived levels of public-sector corruption.
In his keynote address, President Ghani emphasized the importance of tackling corruption in Afghanistan, and identified the programmes in place now and those additional measures to be taken to fight it.
One of those mechanisms is the United Nations Convention against Corruption, which was adopted by the UN General Assembly in October 2003, and is the only legally binding universal anti-corruption instrument. The Convention covers five main areas: prevention; criminalization and law enforcement measures; international cooperation; asset recovery; and technical assistance and information exchange.