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Corruption creates bureaucratic quagmires and perverts the rule of law: UNODC
United Nations Office of Drug Control (UNODC) is meant to create global awareness against the rising corruption and highlight it harms. According to UNODC, corruption attacks the foundation of democratic institutions by distorting electoral processes, perverting the rule of law and creating bureaucratic quagmires whose only reason for existing is the soliciting of bribes.

UNITED NATIONS Convention against Corruption has stressed on the dedicated efforts to prevent corruption with measures directed at both the public and private sectors. According to UNODC, preventing public corruption also requires an effort from all members of society at large. For these reasons, it is called on countries to promote actively the involvement of non-governmental and community-based organizations, as well as other elements of civil society, and to raise public awareness of corruption.

According to UNODC, the corruption prevention steps include the following. 

- Formulate model preventive policies, such as the establishment of anti-corruption bodies and enhanced transparency in the financing of election campaigns and political parties.

- Ensure that the public services are subject to safeguards that promote efficiency, transparency and recruitment based on merit. Once recruited, public servants should be subject to codes of conduct, requirements for financial and other disclosures, and appropriate disciplinary measures.

- Establish transparency and accountability in matters of public finance must also be promoted, and specific requirements are established for the prevention of corruption, in the particularly critical areas of the public sector, such as the judiciary and public procurement. Those who use public services must expect a high standard of conduct from their public servants.

- Make sure certain effective asset-recovery provisions to support the efforts of countries to redress the worst effects of corruption while sending at the same time, a message to corrupt officials that there will be no place to hide their illicit assets.

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