Global Integrity Day, 9 June 2024
Fighting Human Trafficking
Solidarity, Skills, and Integrity
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Moral Lives Matter
Be the people we need--Build the world we need
Make every day an integrity day!

Global Integrity Day
Overview--Four Features
Update February 2024

Wellbeing for all People and the Planet
We are pro-integrity and anti-corruption

Feature 1. Global Integrity Day (GID) is a positive day, launched on 9 June 2020, to reflect, teach, and collaborate on ways to integrate integrity in all we do throughout the entire year.

Feature 2. GID is a strategic day to promote a) cultivating lifestyles, cultures, and systems of integrity from the individual through the international levels; b) joining together to understand and address the causes and consequences of corruption in its many forms; and c) working towards just and equitable societies marked with wellbeing for all people and for the planet.  

Feature 3. GID is a solemn day to consider our ways: if we are lying and/or stealing in any way big or small, then we need to stop it. If we need to right a wrong we have done, then do so. If we need to prudently confront wrongdoing, preferably in solidarity with colleagues for mutual support and greater impact, then do so. 

Feature 4. GID is a companion day to complement UN International Anti-Corruption Day, 9 December (and vice versa). Both Days are practical rallying points, six months apart, for fostering common ground, organizing events, sharing initiatives, and involving the public

Be the people we need--Build the world we need
Mainstream integrity into our lives, work, and world



21st International Anti-Corruption Conference--Transparency International
Confronting Global Treats--Standing Up for Integrity

(18-21 June 2024) Vilnius, Lithuania


True Freedom

Global Course Addressing Modern Slavery

The Clewer Initiative and the World Council of Churches

February-March 2024
50 pages of facts and reflections for advocacy and action
For individuals and groups--organised into six parts

Ways for You to Participate
Participate in GID to support integrity in your work and in our world

1. Review the GID Overview above and the overall website. Share your suggestions and ideas with us about further developing GID.
2. Send us core resources to add to the GID website in general or specifically related to the annual theme.
3. Include a short description and logo/link for GID on your website.
4. Spread the word about GID in advance of 9 June via social media and with your colleagues and networks.
5. Organise an event or webinar related to your organisation's purpose as it connects to GID's emphases around the time of GID on 9 June and/or UN Anti-Corruption Day on 9 December. We will then "spotlight" these events/webinars on the GID site to support your work and GID.
6. Probe further into a few resources on the GID site that are relevant for you personally and for your spheres of influence.
7. Affirm and encourage someone you know (or know of) who is acting with integrity .
8. Make every day an integrity day!

Spotlight Activities and Ongoing Action:
Share Your Plans and Ideas for GID 2024

Connect and Contribute for Mutual Benefit


GID Background
Corruption is criminal, immoral and the ultimate betrayal of public trust.….We must hold leaders to account….A vibrant civic space and open access to information are essential. And we must protect the rights and recognize the courage of whistle-blowers who expose wrongdoing….As an age-old plague takes on new forms, let us combat it with new heights of resolve.”
UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, Statement on corruption in the context of COVID-19
(15 October 2020)

The first Global Integrity Day (GID) was launched on 9 June 2020 and continues to be commemorated on 9 June 2021, 2022, and 2023. This special, annual day has been envisioned since December 2016, to shine the global spotlight on moral health for a more-whole world. It is a practical impetus as we endeavor a) to live in integrity always and in every area of our lives and b) to learn about and support a variety of strategic efforts for pro-integrity and anti-corruption ranging from developing public policy to developing personal probity.​ 

The initial theme for this Day (GID 2020) was Confronting the Corruption of Racism. How can we positively and practically impact racism by loving truth, peace, and people? The theme for GID 2021 was Corruption and Poverty. How can multi-dimensional probity (integrity at a levels, individual-institutional-international) help to curtail corruption's devastating role in multi-dimensional poverty?  The GID 2022 theme was Integrity and Corruption in the Health Sector. How can integrity and anti-corruption efforts improve health and wellbeing for all people and the planet? We also included material on corruption and mental health. The theme for GID 2023 was Faith-Based Champions Fighting Corruption. What are some of the stories and strategies from the faith-based sector's efforts to live in integrity and confront corruption in its own midst and in the world? The theme for  GID 2024 is Fighting Human Trafficking. How can people and organizations around the world collaboratively leverage their skills and integrity to prevent and combat trafficking in persons? And to support the victims!

It would be strategic to see Global Integrity Day designated as a new United Nations International Day as well as a companion day to complement the already designated International Anti-Corruption Day, 9 December (and vice versa). In the meantime, we invite friends and colleagues around the world, and organizations and networks large and small, to join together in solidarity, finding common ground for the common good, to commemorate both special days on 9 June and 9 December and throughout this year. Suggestions are very welcome for developing GID further! MCAresources@gmail.com

Tracking with GID:
GID News and Updates for 2020

Confronting the Corruption of Racism

Love truth, peace, and people


GID News and Updates for 2021

Corruption and Poverty

Multi-dimensional probity to end multi-dimensional poverty

GID News and Updates for 2022

Integrity and Corruption in the Health Sector
Moral health for a more whole world


GID News and Updates for 2023
Faith-Based Champions Fighting Corruption

Sharing stories and strategies


See also these foundational resources:
--Examples of several UN efforts  HERE (December 2021)
--Moral Health for a More Whole World. Global Integration Update  (January 2019)
--Everyday Global Heroes: Moral Lives Matter. Global Integration Update (January 2017)

Global Integrity Day  2024
Fighting Human Trafficking
Solidarity, Skills, and Integrity
Reflections and Resources
See the GID Reflections and Resources Section
for materials from 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023

Sustainable Development Goal 16
--"Substantially reduce corruption and bribery in all their forms.
Sustainable Development Goal 16.5
--"Develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels ."
Sustainable Development Goal 16.6
Note the SDG Indicators, Metadata Repository  and information on SDG 16,
especially these indicators related to corruption: SDG 16.5.1. and SDG 16.5.2

"Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres,
including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation"

Sustainable Development Goal 5.2

"Take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labor, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labor, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labor in all its forms.” 

Sustainable Development Goal 8.7


"End abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children"
Sustainable Development Goal 16.2

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Reflections
1. It seems to me that most of the people that we would consider to be ‘champions’ of integrity and anti-corruption--be they faith-based or of no particular faith--are either not aware that they themselves are champions or would never consider themselves to be ‘champions.’ And furthermore, very likely they would not want others to refer to them by this term. Rather, they see themselves as common people who are merely doing their duty and the right thing, ordinary citizens who are just trying to do good, even if there are risks.  

What is true of our affirmation of colleagues in Global Mental Health (GMH) is also true for colleagues in integrity and anti-corruption: 'We acknowledge, with much appreciation, that many of the developments and directions in GMH are being shaped and implemented by colleagues out of the spotlight, on the ground, in the trenches—often unrecognized and under-funded. Thank you for your commitment and perseverance!' ‘All that is gold does not glitter.’ Tolkien (O'Donnell, Eaton, Lewis O'Donnell, 2021)"  Kelly O’Donnell, 31 March 2023
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Featured Resources
Featured Items--February 2024
True Freedom—Global Course Addressing Modern Slavery

The Clewer Initiative and the World Council of Churches

(February-March 2024) 50 pages of facts and reflections for advocacy and action
organised into six parts--for individuals and groups
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10th International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Trafficking in Persons
8 February 2024


Featured Items--January 2024

21st International Anti-Corruption Conference--Transparency International
Confronting Global Treats--Standing Up for Integrity

(18-21 June 2024) Vilnius, Lithuania--You can register now and submit workshop proposals
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Human Trafficking Preventative Strategies and Care of Victims Conference
Held at the United Nations  in New York (11 January 2023)

Refugee Protection and Human Trafficking
Held at the United Nations in Geneva (11 December 2023)

More webinars HERE from Ad Laudate Si

More Resources

Confronting the Corruption of Human Trafficking
Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities(JLI). “There are over 40 million victims of human trafficking worldwide. The annual cost of this exploitive industry totals a massive US$150 billion a year, with no country to escape the grips of this human rights tragedy. Alongside global efforts, local faith communities - with their widespread reach and unique community presence – are key assets in countering human trafficking. They play a role in prevention, protection, and prosecution, tenets of a holistic human trafficking response, by supporting the vulnerable, ensuring that systems are just for all and making perpetrators accountable.”

 

“[JLI's] Anti-Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery (AHT-MS) Hub is a learning community that brings together academics, policymakers and practitioners working on the contribution of faith actors to ending human trafficking and modern slavery. [It] is a collaborative platform that provides understanding for better practices in the effort to end human trafficking and modern slavery.” AHT-MS is one of the many hubs in JLI. See also: Faith and Freedom: The Role of Faith Actors in Anti-Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking (2019, scoping study) which explores “the programs and initiatives of local faith actors in their response to modern slavery and human trafficking in the Global South;” and the Resource Library.


Human Trafficking in Armed Conflicts and Post-Conflict Situations (27 March 2023, webinar recording). Side event during the Human Rights Council, United Nations Geneva. Subtitles in English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Simplified Chinese HERE. Power point and other documents HERE. This is the latest international webinar on human trafficking in light of Laudate Sí and Fratelli Tutti (Encyclicals by Pope Francis). CO-organized by Caritas Internationalis, Secours Catholique-Caritas France, and the Sovereign Order of Malta. “Existing and emerging war conflicts (including, but not limited to, Ukraine, Syria, Yemen, Eritrea, and others) have led to a dramatic development of trafficking. In Europe, the war in Ukraine has contributed to revealing this phenomenon in the country itself, the border countries, and the host countries of people fleeing the fighting. Preventing conditions of trafficking of human beings in armed conflicts and supporting the victims is vital.”


Evil, Inc.–Trafficking Children for Sex. Global Integration Update (August 2023)
"God's children are not for sale."  The Sound of Freedom (2023) 


Human Trafficking and the Role of Local Governments (2014)

United Nations Institute for Training and Research


UN Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime and the Protocols Thereto (2000-2004)

(traffick, trafficking, etc. occur 93 times)


Council of Europe Convention on Action Against Trafficking in Human Beings 


A Summons to a Global Integrity Movement: Fighting Self-Deception and Corruption (March 2018), Kelly O'Donnell and Michele Lewis O'Donnell. Lausanne Global Analysis.  Link to a copy with a translation tool for 50 languages HERE.  'In this article psychologists Kelly and Michele O'Donnell  distill some of the lessons that they have learned over the past 15 years in promoting integrity and confronting corruption. Why is it hard to live up to our moral and ethical aspirations? They reflect on the reality of dysfunction and deviance, highlight the challenge of self-deception, describe anti-corruption resources, and summon the church-mission community (CMC) to a global integrity movement marked by righteousness and relevance. We are the light—or the darkness—of the world!'  (adapted from the opening section)


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Resources for GID 2024

Networks-Groups-Organizations

Angel Studios--The Sound of Freedom (film and resources)

Ad Laudate Si Forum

Alliance 8.7

Alliance against Trafficking in Persons 

Freedom United

Fondation College Universitaire Henry Dunant
Global Hope Network International (GHNI)

Human Rights Watch (HRW)

Human Trafficking Search
International Justice Mission (IFM)

International Labor Organization (ILO)

International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Joint Learning Initiative (JLI)

Lausanne Movement--Children at Risk Network and Freedom and Justice Network

Love 146
The Clewer Initiative
United Nations Development Program
United Nations Institute for Training and Research

United Nations Human Rights Office--Trafficking in Persons (more HERE)

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

US Department of State--Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

World Freedom Network (WEA and European Freedom Network)

World Vision International

(more to come)

Definitions
Integrity and Integroty

--Integrity is moral wholeness—living consistently in moral wholeness.
--Corruption is moral rottenness, the opposite of integrity--the distortion, perversion, and deterioration of moral goodness, resulting in the abuse and exploitation of people and the planet.  It is integroty.
--Global integrity is living consistently in moral wholeness at all levels--individual, interpersonal, institutional, and international; across sectors and settings; local through global; the systemic and structural.


"Integrity is moral wholeness—living consistently in moral wholeness—with honesty, humility, and all the virtues--and with an awareness of one’s potential to deceive and harm oneself and others. Integrity needs external moral referents--standards of virtue with accountability--and not simply positive self-appraisals--in order to safeguard us all from both blind and willful hypocrisy." Defining Integrity. Kelly and Michele O'Donnell, Member Care Update (June 2023)Note: This an expanded version of the above definition on the GID website. Note that it opens the door wide to the crucial discussion and clarification of "external moral referents" and "standards of virtue and accountability" as well as the process and accuracy of one's moral self-perceptions.

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Corruption is "the abuse of entrusted power for private gain.Transparency International

Corruption is "a system of abuse of entrusted power for private, collective, or political gain--often involving a complex, intertwined set of relationships, some obvious, others hidden, with established vested interests that can operate vertically within an institution or horizontally across political, economic, and social spheres of society and transnationally." Shaazka Beyerle, Curtailing Corruption--People Power for Accountability and Justice (2014, page 25)

Special News
Integrity and Anti-Corruption

'Accountability is good because it requires you to give an account...
even if you have to lie about it.[being facetious]
Baghat Korani, presentation at Which Way for the Arab World?
Geneva Graduate Institute (5 November 2015)
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Contact us to share examples/links--MCAresources@gmail.com
See all the special news in the Special News section  of this website



Examples from 2020-2023
Globethics--Ongoing courses and webinars/events online and hybrid related to ethics, teaching ethics in higher education, leadership, peace, interfaith initiatives, etc. One example is the Responsible Leadership course starting on 27 March 2023 and going for 12 weeks.


Tracking the reviews of how countries are implementing the UN Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC). UNCAC--Civil Society Coalition. Note also the Guide by Transparency International and the UNCAC-Civil Society Coalition on Using the UNCAC to Advance Anti-Corruption Efforts (2014).


OECD Public Integrity Handbook (May 2020). "...provides guidance to government, business and civil society on implementing the [13] OECD Recommendation on Public Integrity. " Available in English and French.

Mistakes Were Made (but not by me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Behaviors. (2020, 3rd edition). Caroll Tavris and Elliot Aronson.

Institutional Integrity: An Essential Building Block of Sustainable Reform (October 2018), report by James Michel. 

Participate in this special day and throughout the year
via GID's developing platform and emphasis on living in integrity by
"a) cultivating lifestyles, cultures, and systems of integrity
from the individual through the international levels;
b) joining together to understand and address the causes and consequences
of corruption  in its many forms; and
c) working towards just and equitable societies
marked with wellbeing for all people and for the planet."

Post a description/link on your website and social media.
Share with others! Ideas and resources welcome.

Kelly and Michèle
Coordinators
Kelly O'Donnell, PsyD and Michèle Lewis O'Donnell, PsyD
prointegritynet@gmail.com
mcaresources@gmail. com

"As both a psychologist and a UN representative for the World Federation for Mental Health, I am keenly curious about what helps bring out the best and the worst of my colleagues in the UN and other sectors. And myself. I am especially interested in how the UN’s approach to competencies and values, and in particular the moral-based areas of integrity and accountability, can support staff as they traverse the troubled terrain of our world." Integrity and Accountability for UN Staff, UN Special (2017)  Kelly O'Donnell

Kelly O'Donnell, PsyD and Michèle Lewis O'Donnell, PsyD

More Quotes

"If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?”
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn,  The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956 (1973)  
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"Der bestirnte Himmel über mir und das moralische Gesetz in mir."

“Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe, the more often and steadily we reflect upon them: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me. I do not seek or conjecture either of them as if they were veiled obscurities or extravagances beyond the horizon of my vision; I see them before me and connect them immediately with the consciousness of my existence.”
Immanuel Kant, Critique of Practical Reason (1788)