Infographic Of The Day: How The UN Is Fighting Global Corruption

With labyrinthine bureaucracy, natch!

We’re all aware of the global scale of corruption, whether it’s shoddily constructed schools in China or bribery and vote-rigging at FIFA. But can anyone really do anything about it?

The UN—itself no stranger to corruption—is trying. By 2010, 148 member countries had signed a treaty, which takes "a comprehensive approach to tackling corruption worldwide." The video below enumerates what exactly that means in a handy infographic format:

In case you didn’t catch all of that, let us break it down: They review stuff. And then other people review stuff. And then more people review stuff. And then some other people check the progress on that stuff. Then they "give suggestions" and "provide support." That then gives you a portrait of how a country "is faring in its fight against corruption and which are the areas that require additional attention," Christiaan Poortman, Transparency International’s director of global programs, says in the video. So all that and what do you get? Another report, we guess. That’s how the bureaucracy fights corruption: with paperwork.

[Hat tip to Cool Infographics; top image by Paul Sapiano]

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  • Gillis Jim

    The UN is a joke! Its a sad reflection on how we are so lost when it comes to knowing right from wrong, good from evil. As long as the UN welcomes countries that openly violate their citizen’s human rights – then the UN has no moral standards at all! Come on, Nigeria on the Secretary Counsel – what a joke!
    In the U.S. Department of State’s report on Nigeria’s human rights they found the most significant human rights problems are: extrajudicial killings… arbitrary arrests; prolonged pretrial detention; judicial corruption and executive influence on the judiciary; rape, torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of prisoners, …. human trafficking for the purpose of prostitution and forced labor; societal violence and vigilante killings; child labor, child abuse and child sexual exploitation; female genital mutilation (FGM)..discrimination based on sex, ethnicity, region and religion; restrictions on freedom of assembly, movement, press, speech and religion…

    Jim in San Francisco, CA