Sweet Victory is a game that introduces players to behavioral science tactics and techniques that are relevant to peace and security questions. It encourages using behavioral science to strengthen resilience against disinformation and political manipulation. Sweet Victory was developed by the UN Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (UN DPPA).

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We face a global crisis of trust. COVID-19 has caused the greatest ever recorded reversal in human development. It has also compounded the crises that we already face: planet threatening climate change, environmental degradation, poverty and deepening inequalities. The pandemic also underscored how vital effective political leadership is in all aspects of our lives. It has never been more important to have political processes and institutions that we can trust to act in our best interests. A key facet of UNDP’s new Strategic Plan is reimagining governance.

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Bringing public attention to parliaments is particularly important at this critical time for democracy when people are losing trust in political institutions and democracy itself is facing challenges from populist and nationalist movements. If democracy is to thrive, then parliaments need to be strong, transparent, accountable, and representative. The International Day of Parliamentarism is a time to review parliaments’ progress to be more representative and move with the times, through self-assessments, by working to include more women and young MPs, and by adapting to new technologies.

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United Nations Public Service Day (23 June) celebrates the value and virtue of public service to the community, including its contribution to the development process. The Day recognizes the work of public servants and encourages young people to pursue careers in the public sector. A virtual event, themed “Building back better from COVID-19: Enhancing innovative partnerships to meet the Sustainable Development Goals,” will be held on the 22 June. This year’s UN Public Service Award winners will also be announced during the online event. Follow the discussions on UN Web TV.

When we vote, we're not just choosing a leader, a lawmaker, our local councillor or between two opposite policies. We're shaping the policies that have real impact in our lives. But, who should ensure that citizens receive accurate information? The media, political parties and electoral regulators have a role to play. Because when information is accurate, extensive and available, our elections remain free and fair, and democracy thrives. Learn more about how UNESCO protects freedom of expression and the safety of journalists.

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With public resources under huge strain as countries respond to and recover from the pandemic, a renewed focus on tackling corruption in public procurement couldn’t be more urgent.

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The ninth session of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption takes place in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, from 13 to 17 December 2021. Every two years the States Parties to the Convention meet to review the United Nations Convention against Corruption, the only legally binding universal anti-corruption instrument, to discuss ways to improve cooperation to achieve the Convention’s objectives. The focus of the conference includes recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic with integrity while strengthening international cooperation.

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The unprecedented COVID-19 crisis has resulted in major social, political, and legal challenges globally. As states around the world adopt emergency measures to address the crisis, it is critical that they continue to uphold the rule of law, protect and respect international standards and basic principles of legality, and the right to access justice, remedies, and due process. On this International Day of Democracy (15 September), the Secretary-General calls to look beyond the pandemic and commit to a future in which we recognize human rights and the rule of law as fundamental to democracy.

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United Nations Public Service Day (23 June) recognizes public servants, the value of public service to the community, its contribution to the development process, and encourages young people to pursue careers in the public sector. As the pandemic introduced remote work in government, digital service delivery, virtual services; the future public service needs to be more agile, tech-savvy, data-driven, and human-centric.  Join the virtual celebration on 23 June (9:00 – 10:30am EDT) under the theme of “Innovating the Future Public Service: New Government Models for a New Era to Reach the SDGs”.

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The race to vaccinate against COVID-19 continues, but the pace of inoculation varies across countries, with access unavailable to many. Global cooperation must be stepped up to produce and distribute vaccines at affordable costs. The sooner vaccinations curb the pandemic, the faster economies can return to normal. Many low-income countries, even after doing their part, face challenges in dealing with the pandemic, in the near term and for development over time, as indicated in recent IMF research. They will need additional assistance.

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Twenty first century problems cannot be tackled with 20th century institutions. There’s a growing gap between the interconnected, structural, and increasingly unpredictable and complex challenges we are facing. The climate emergency, the lack of trust in institutions, growing levels of inequality, particularly for women, highlight the need for change. UNDP calls for new policies grounded in humility that acknowledge that radical uncertainty is now our reality and that it can only be tackled with deep and wide-ranging systemic change.

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On this International Day of Democracy, as the world confronts COVID-19, the Secretary-General António Guterres reminds us that democracy is crucial in ensuring the free flow of information, participation in decision-making and accountability for the response to the pandemic. The unprecedented COVID-19 crisis has resulted in major social, political and legal challenges globally. Let us seize this pivotal moment to build a more equal, inclusive and sustainable world, with full respect for human rights.

Illustration of a map of the world against the text of the Convention Against Corruption.

Corruption, the abuse of public office for private gain, is about more than wasted money: it erodes the social contract and corrodes the government’s ability to help grow the economy in a way that benefits all citizens. The COVID-19 pandemic has heightened the importance of stronger governance. During this crisis the IMF has continued its governance and anti-corruption work. Their message to all governments has been clear: spend whatever you need but keep the receipts, because we don’t want accountability to be lost in the process.

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The eighth session of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) - COSP8 - will be held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, from 16 to 20 December 2019. The Conference is expected to discuss a wide range of topics, including preventing and combating corruption, the review of the implementation of the Convention by States, asset recovery, technical assistance and preparations for the special session of the General Assembly against corruption, to be held in 2021. This month we also marked International Anti-Corruption Day.