Today we recognize International Anticorruption Day and honor the tireless efforts of activists, businesses, government officials, and international organizations to combat corruption and promote open and transparent government.
While much work remains, 2012 was a successful year in the global fight against corruption. Since its inception last year, the Open Government Partnership has grown sevenfold and now includes 58 countries representing a quarter of the world’s population, encouraging greater access to information, citizen engagement, and fiscal transparency. The United States and the world’s largest economies have been leading by example, as the G20 created an ambitious anticorruption action plan for the next two years and adopted principles to keep corrupt officials away from our borders. Under the U.S. presidency, the G8 joined regional partners to convene the first Arab Forum on Asset Recovery in order to help identify and recover proceeds of corruption stowed abroad.
The United States is committed to preventing corruption and the destructive impact it has on communities around the globe. With our partners, we are working to promote legal regimes that prosecute corrupt actors, recover the proceeds of corruption and other illicitly acquired assets, and fight other crimes such as money laundering. The United States is proud to be a partner in the global fight to combat corruption and applauds all those working to sustain transparent, open societies around the world.