Michael R. Pompeo
Secretary of State
December 7, 2018
Corruption facilitates transnational crime, fuels terrorism, obstructs economic growth and development, weakens the rule of law, and undermines democracy. Ultimately, it endangers our national security. That is why, as we look ahead to International Anticorruption Day on December 9, we pledge to continue working with our partners to prevent and combat corruption worldwide.
The United States, through the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development, helps partner nations build transparent, accountable institutions and strengthen criminal justice systems that hold the corrupt accountable. We support civil society and journalists, who expose corruption and hold public officials to account. We prevent corruption by supporting global initiatives that rebuild citizen trust in government. We also hold corrupt actors accountable through targeted financial sanctions for corruption and human rights abuse through the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act.
On this day, we call on all countries to effectively implement their international anticorruption commitments, including through the UN Convention against Corruption. Through programs that recover and return stolen public funds, establish transparent, accountable institutions, and empower citizen-led action, the world can combat this threat to global security.