Alleged Influence Peddling and Image Laundering for Sale at the United Nations

Public corruption can appear in various forms. First, individual office holders may violate the public trust, abusing their positions of authority to peddle influence for money. The public institutions which they are supposed to serve may not be inherently corrupt themselves but they may enable such schemes by virtue of inadequate internal controls. Second, and potentially more pernicious, is institutional corruption. This can occur when the institution itself systematically permits, even encourages, donations of money and in-kind contributions in return for such benefits to private concerns as steering of business and image laundering. The United Nations is currently caught in the crosshairs of a widening scandal that contain alleged elements of both individual and institutional corruption.

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