Speaking at a session meant to deal with corruption for the sake of peace and international security, Guterres affirmed that the “numbers show the startling scope of the challenge,” as he cited World Economic Forum estimates that corruption costs at least US$2.6 trillion, or five percent of global gross domestic product.
The top U.N. official argued that corruption is directly responsible for robbing funds from schools, hospitals and other vital public institutions; breeding disillusionment with governments and public policies; and depriving people of their rights.
He also emphasized that corruption could result in conflict, as well as “drives and thrives on the breakdown of political and social institutions.”
“The poor and vulnerable suffer disproportionately,” Guterres stressed, “and impunity compounds the problem.”
He blamed corruption on numerous forms of violence and instability, including the trafficking of weapons, drugs, as well as people. He pointed out that the U.N. Security Council and General Assembly have recognized the links between corruption, terrorism and violent extremism.
“Large-scale corruption surveys conducted by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) found that bribery of public officials was particularly high in areas affected by conflict,” Guterres affirmed.
“It is especially important to build up the capacity for national anti-corruption commissions and prosecutorial efforts,” he told the council while imploring government officials to guarantee independent judiciaries, a free press, and whistleblower protections.
I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn.
I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law.
I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam.
In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship.
Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam.
I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN.
I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage dotchuoinon.com on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development (cvdvn.net).
I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries.
In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống).
In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success".
I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.
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