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Good governance is the process whereby public institutions conduct public affairs, manage public resources and guarantee the realization of human rights in a manner essentially free of abuse and corruption, and with due regard for the rule of law. The true test of 'good' governance is the degree to which it delivers on the promise of human rights: civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights. Read more about good governance and human rights.
Every year $1 trillion is paid in bribes while an estimated $2.6 trillion are stolen through corruption – a sum equivalent to more than 5 per cent of the global GDP. In developing countries, according to the United Nations Development Programme, funds lost to corruption are estimated at 10 times the amount of official development assistance. Corruption is a serious crime that can undermine social and economic development in all societies. No country, region or community is immune.
The United Nations is fighting this global scourge through initiatives like the global campaign launched jointly by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The United Nations Convention against Corruption, adopted in 2003, exists as the only legally-binding, universal anti-corruption instrument. Read more about corruption and human rights.
OHCHR is committed to working with States, National Human Rights Institutions and Civil Society to foster an environment that respects and protects human rights through good governance. This means ensuring legal frameworks, institutions, political, managerial and administrative processes respond to the rights and needs of the population. Human rights standards provide a set of values to guide the work of governments and other political and social actors – and also ensure they can be held accountable.
OHCHR Recommended Principles on Human Rights and Asset Recovery
A practical tool available for use and reference by interested States, international organizations and other stakeholders directly concerned with asset recovery processes.
Intersessional panel discussion on the challenges and good practices in the prevention of corruption, and the impact of corruption on the enjoyment of human rights in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic
15 February 2022