UN Development Programme, Australia and Singapore partner launch a major anti-corruption project

Mar 7, 2017

Singapore, 7 March – Today, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Governments of Australia and Singapore launched a four-year Anti-Corruption for Peaceful and Inclusive Societies (ACPIS) project.

Australia has pledged A$6.5m (US$4.92m) to support the project, building on the successes of and lessons learned from UNDP’s Global Anti-Corruption Initiative (GAIN 2014-2017). The project will be implemented from the UNDP Global Centre for Public Service Excellence in Singapore, which was established with the support of the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“The fight against corruption is an unending one, and all of us have the duty to take part – the Government, the public service, the private sector and the general public,” said Ms. Vanessa Chan, Director-General of the International Organisations Directorate, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore. Welcoming the participants at the launch of the ACPIS project, Ms. Chan discussed the importance that Singapore placed in combating corruption. She welcomed the valuable contribution that the ACPIS project would make towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal 16, which recognizes the importance of effective and accountable institutions for sustainable development.

“Corruption is a complex challenge, and addressing it requires collective action with broad cooperation and strong commitment from all sectors. UNDP therefore values its close collaboration with the UN Member States, civil society and the private sector to strengthen and amplify the impact of anti-corruption efforts at all levels. The generous support of the Government of Australia for the ACPIS project and Singapore’s support for our Global Centre is crucial in these efforts, which underline the commitment of both governments to tackle corruption as an impediment to development,” said Mr. Magdy Martínez-Solimán, UN Assistant Secretary General and UNDP’s Director of Bureau for Policy and Programme Support.

Speaking of the impressive track record that Singapore and Australia share in combating corruption, Australia’s High Commissioner to Singapore Mr. Bruce Gosper emphasized that it was in the interests of both countries to work with the UN to curb corruption in the region.

“Australia and Singapore rank among the least corrupt countries in the world. Both countries recognize that corruption weakens governance, and threatens the cohesiveness and prosperity of our societies. It weakens law enforcement, is bad for business, and fuels inequality and exclusion. Singapore and Australia are advancing our region’s long-term security and prosperity by joining forces with the United Nations to combat corruption in Asia,” said Mr. Gosper.

Grounded in a Human Rights Based Approach, the new UNDP initiative will engage civil society actors and the private sector, as well as government institutions at the national and local level, to identify and remove corruption bottlenecks in select service delivery sectors.  It will mainstream anti-corruption measures in national and local development processes, and promote global knowledge and advocacy so that anti-corruption continues to be a development priority. The overall results will contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly Goal 16 on building peaceful, just and inclusive societies.

Contact information

In New York: Sangita Khadka, Communications Specialist, UNDP Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, email: sangita.khadka@undp.org ; Tel: +1 212 906 5043

In Singapore: Anga Timilsina, email: anga.timilsina@undp.org

Australian Government, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Ms. Elissa Maloney, email: Elissa.Maloney@dfat.gov.au

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