" I have seen how corruption hits the poor, the weak and the most vulnerable of all. It can deny people access to health services, schools and economic opportunities. It can deny them hope of a better future." Message to the Conference from the UN Secretary-General António Guterres
" With 183 States parties, this UN treaty is a remarkable universal, legally binding instrument to fight corruption, promote accountability and support progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals, " Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime told the opening of the conference.
" We all have a duty to speak out against corruption wherever it occurs, so that the future is free of this poisonous crime," Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Yury Fedotov told the closing of the conference.