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St. Petersburg (VNA) - Corruption is like cancer cells that can damage and weaken every society, a Vietnamese official told the sixth conference of parties to the UN convention against corruption that opened in St. Petersburg, Russia, on November 3.

Deputy Inspector General Le Thi Thuy, head of the Vietnamese delegation, said corruption has become increasingly sophisticated and has appeared in many corners of social-economic life.

“Fully aware of the great damaging effect of corruption, Vietnam has always taken the fight against corruption seriously and considered the implementation of the UN convention against corruption as an important task and a top priority with the participation of people from all walks of life,” Thuy said.

She stated that the results of the implementation of the first stage of the convention affirmed important efforts by Vietnam in the fight against corruption.

The meeting this year focuses on the cooperation of countries and enterprises in the fight against corruption.

The event sees the presence of more than 1,000 delegates who are lawmakers, government officials and members of civil associations, the private sector and media from more than 100 member nations.

The delegates paid a minute’s silence in memory of unfortunate victims in the Russian plane accident in Egypt sky that killed all 224 persons on board.

The UN convention against corruption was passed by the UN General Assembly in October, 2003 and took effect on December 2005.

Every two years, the convention’s member nations convene in order to assess the effectiveness of the implementation of the convention as well as discuss approaches to fight corruption more efficiently.-VNA