The UN launched a five-year plan Sept. 29 to help Iraq prevent and combat corruption, a key element in the Government’s efforts to rebuild the fledgling democracy after years of strife and misrule. The new initiative, which will be carried out jointly by the UN Office for Drugs and Crime UNODC and the UN Development Program (UNDP), is designed to strengthen Iraq’s main anti-corruption bodies, as well as promote greater cooperation among them through the Joint Anti-Corruption Council. A national anti-corruption law is currently being drafted. (UN News Service)

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