Anti-Corruption in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Anti-Corruption in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has been a major breakthrough for the anti-corruption movement, as it emphasizes the importance of promoting transparency, accountability and anti-corruption, and makes an explicit link between corruption, peace and just and inclusive societies.

UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner said, “the 2030 Agenda has established anti-corruption as a global imperative on which hinges the achievement of all sustainable development goals. Goal 16 is rooted in human rights and highlights the importance of strengthening institutions and governance in our pledge to leave no one behind.

We also have the opportunity to advance the anti-corruption agenda through the implementation of the UN Convention Against Corruption, which has now reached near-universal ratification, providing a comprehensive global framework to fight corruption in line with the 2030 Agenda.

Corruption is a complex phenomenon that continues to persist in many countries across the world. It has a direct impact on the three dimensions of sustainable development – social, economic and environmental – and affects each of the five pillars of the 2030 agenda: people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnerships.”

Despite progress , corruption is still a pressing challenge. Resources lost to corruption exceed the estimated $10 trillion required to eradicate poverty by 2030. Money lost to corruption is development denied to those most at risk of being left behind.

This course has been developed by UNSSC and the UN Development Programme (UNDP). The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) provided significant input into the course content. U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), and the International Anti-corruption Academy (IACA) also contributed to the course content. The free-of-charge delivery of this course in 2020 is financially supported by UNDP and UNODC.


Upon successful completion of this course, participants will: 

  • Demonstrate a sound understanding of the 2030 Agenda and articulate the key role that anti-corruption plays in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of dual role anti-corruption plays in the 2030 Agenda, both as a focus area in itself under SDG 16 and as a prerequisite to achieving all other SDGs.
  • Identify different methods, tools and best practices to mainstream anti-corruption initiatives in sustainable development plans and programmes.
  • Identify practical tools and best practices to harmonise the monitoring of sustainable development and anti-corruption initiatives.
  • Be able to articulate the need to align sustainable development and anti-corruption efforts.