Preventing and fighting corruption are no longer considered the only task of the Government, heard a talk on anti-corruption in Hanoi on November 9.

Participants agreed that people have increasingly been aware of their role, rights, benefits and responsibility in combating the scourge.

Local people have proactively participated in exposing corrupt behaviors along with proposing ideas to promote transparency at State offices and administrations at all levels, speakers said.

The event was held by the Government Inspectorate and the United Nations Development Programme as part of a project to strengthen the government’s capacity in implementing the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) and promote the role of non-state actors in the work.

The talk, which marked the International Anti-Corruption Day, also aimed at raising public awareness of policies and laws on anti-corruption, while encouraging the positive and active engagement of the people in the fight.

Participants agreed that the UNCAC, which entered into force in 2005, contributed largely to putting the issue of anti-corruption in the national agenda of all countries around the world.

The convention allowed the countries to get closer together in the fight through effective cooperation tools and channels, they said.

Vietnam joined the UNCAC in 2009.

The Vietnamese Government is urged to continue stepping up the dissemination of anti-corruption laws along with taking severe punishment for corrupt behaviours so as to draw people’s greater participation in the effort.

During the talk, the success of the “school is beautiful” project, which encourages students’ actions against corruption, was also highlighted.

On the occasion, an exhibition was also organised to showcase publications and tools to prevent and fight corruption at national and international scales.-VNA