UN Chief calls for efforts to stem corruption

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Added On September 12, 2018

 UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for more efforts from member states to fight corruption.

 
World News has more. 
 
Antonio Guterres told the Security Council on Monday that corruption is present in many countries.
 
The official said people across the world continue to express outrage at the corruption of their leaders, and at how deeply corruption is embedded in societies.
 
And they are rightly calling for political establishments to operate with transparency and accountability, or make way for those who will.
 
SOUNDBITE(English): ANTONIO GUTERRES, UN Secretary-General
"I call on leaders everywhere to listen, to nurture a culture of integrity and to empower citizens to do their part at the grassroots. We must all do more to fight corruption, strengthen governance and build trustworthy institutions that can ensure probity and progress for all."
 
The UN chief said member states must be on the front lines in the fight against corruption. 
 
He added that it is especially important to build up the capacity of national anti-corruption commissions and prosecutorial efforts. 
 
SOUNDBITE(English): ANTONIO GUTERRES, UN Secretary-General
"The World Economic Forum estimates that the cost of corruption is at least 2.6 trillion U.S. dollars, or 5 percent of global gross domestic product. And according to the World Bank, businesses and individuals pay more than 1 trillion U.S. dollars in bribes each year."