Colombia, Mexico, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Sri Lanka…How many times haven’t we listened to endless political discourses pointing corruption as the main cause of a country’s slow evolution? Regardless of the cultural background, state politics, economy or size, governments from all over the world have been fighting an endless battle against the elements that have been corrupting the entire system.
How extended is this phenomenon? Even the economies with the greatest growth rate are experiencing difficulties in diminishing its effects. In 2013, Brazil acted up to its motto “Ordem e progresso” and was classed in a study made by the economic research group CEBR (Centre for Economics and Business Research), as the world’s 6th economy, undertaking the United Kingdom. In spite of this, it comes as not surprise to anyone that the republic still struggles with tackling corruption at all levels.
So, what do you do when you have a problem as old as time infiltrated in the core of your system? What is the solution to that? What can be done?
Up until now, the most effective way of promoting development and discouraging systematic corruption has been by encouraging government transparency and by involving the civil society in the decision making process. As a result of the international efforts made in order to diminish this phenomenon, the UN has adopted a Convention against Corruption (Resolution 58/4 of 31 of the GA), the only legally binding universal anti-corruption instrument, whose main goals were “to build integrity and fight corruption”( Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon at the International Anti-Corruption Day on 9 December 2009).
Moreover, as John Bejo used to say, A nation is doomed not because of its corrupt officials and undisciplined citizens, but because of its people who refused to move. In reality, the key role in tackling corruption is hold by the people. The people are the ones that should discourage any illegitimate action against their interests and that should support severe sanctions for those who try to act upon them. It stands in our power to give the society we live in the structure we desire. It is our right and our responsibility to take part in the decision making processes and to adapt to the constant changes our world is going through.
BISMUN is the perfect opportunity for us, as the young generation of our society to become aware of the problems that are currently affecting our society and to learn about the way the government officials are trying to tackle them. It is the best way for us to understand how the decisions that affect us all are being taken and to prepare for our role: reshaping the world of tomorrow.
Iohana VOICU, member of the Press Department