Today is dubbed the International Anti-Corruption Day with the objective of raising awareness of corruption and of the role of the Convention in combating and preventing corruption. The General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the Convention against corruption on October 31, 2003. The Assembly further went to designation December 9 as International Anti –corruption day with enforcement of the convention happening in 2005. The convention is a document that several nations from around the world have signed onto but Belize is not one of the signatories. It is an issue of great concern particularly with the Belize Progressive Party as it had formed a part of their election campaign. It has been just over a month since the elections were held but Robert Lopez of the BPP told Love News today that the lobbying for Belize to become a signatory will continue.
Lopez went on to say that they would be sending a letter to the Prime Minister while he says he has spoken to Senator for Government Business on the issue.
The BPP held a symbolic signing today in front of the Prime Minister’s office on Coney Drive in Belize City. At the forefront of the United Nations Convention of Anti-Corruption are the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).