By YENA SEO, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL (Interview)
During the first session of the Harvard National Model United Nations (HNMUN) conference, the Wall Street Journal sat down with two non-governmental organizations dedicated to defeating corruption in governments around the world.
Q: What are your organizations?
A: Global Integrity
A: Transparency International
Q: What are the missions of your organizations?
GI: Global Integrity is an organization that helps ensure that governance structures are transparent and free from financial corruption. We do this by researching and also creating plans.
TI: Transparency International fights against corruption and promotes transparency across the globe. Many countries of the third world do not have a lot of transparency. Transparency issues also arise financially when dealing with budgets and taxes. We also produce a Corruption Index that shows corruption levels around the world.
Q: What committees are you looking to work with at HNMUN?
GI: Global Integrity is looking to work with SPECPOL, the Special Summit on Sustainable Development, and the Organization of American States.
TI: Transparency International hopes to work with the Organization of American States, the Special Summit on Sustainable Development, and the World Intellectual Property Organization.
Q: Is governmental corruption still a problem in 2017?
GI: Governmental corruption is a very big problem, even today. Corruption has many forms and levels, which not many people are aware about. Corruption types can be financial, power, military, democratic, and constitutional corruption. There are serious levels of corruption, as well as multi-party corruption. Additionally, corruption in one’s home state can affect the nation, but can also influence other governments.
TI: It’s a big problem, even in 2017. For example, the Democratic Republic of the Congo is believed to be one of the most corrupt countries and has not seen much change in the past few years. A big issue that we’re seeing is that citizens will pay taxes to their governments that don’t actually benefit them, and often times government officials will use taxes to pay for their own personal gains.
Two non-governmental organizations, Transparency International (left) and Global Integrity (right) are working with committees to defeat global governmental corruption.