Towards an Effective Global Regime against Corruption

Project Status:  Completed 

Project Duration: 01/01/2008 - 31/12/2016

Total Budget: US$ 22,535,536 

  Donors: Multiple Donors

 Target Groups

  • Lawmakers and policy-makers, in particular parliamentarians;
  • National anti-corruption bodies (prevention, investigation, prosecution);
  • Judicial institutions and law-enforcement;
  • Asset recovery practitioners;
  • Regional anti-corruption/integrity networks;
  • Civil society, media, youth and NGOs active in improving transparency and accountability;
  • Private sector entities and initiatives;
  • Scholars, academia and think tanks.

Outline And Objectives

The United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) provides a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary framework for the prevention and control of corruption at a national level and for effective international cooperation to fight corruption. The Conference of the states party to the UNCAC aims to improve the capacity of cooperation between states to achieve the objectives of the Convention and to promote and review its implementation.

The Convention itself, as well as resolutions by the Conference, the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council mandated UNODC to support member states in the ratification and implementation of the provisions of the Convention. Further, they request member states and the Secretary General to provide UNODC with the resources necessary to enable it to promote the implementation of the Convention in an effective manner.

The aim of this Project is to provide sustained support to the Conference of the states party to the UNCAC and the mechanisms and bodies established by it, with regard to the full implementation of its technical-assistance related mandates and recommendations, thus enabling the Conference to carry out its functions and assist member states in ratifying and fully implementing the UNCAC.

This project provides the framework for:

  1. The delivery of technical expertise and skills to achieve full and effective implementation of the UNCAC.
  2. To strengthen institutional capacities to enact relevant national implementing legislation.
  3. To enhance international cooperation in criminal matters.

Key Achievements

  • States were assisted to ratify or accede to UNCAC.
  • States parties assisted to participate actively and effectively in the Implementation Review Mechanism of UNCAC.
  • Member States assisted to improve their capacity, through domestic legislation, to prevent and  fight corruption in line with UNCAC.
  • Providing support to Member States taking action and seeking UNODC assistance to effectively prevent, raise awareness of, detect, investigate and prosecute corruption and to address economic fraud and identity-related crime notably.
  • Enhanced cooperation with and among relevant stakeholders, notably international/regional organisations, private sector organizations, civil society organizations, academia, parliamentarians, youth and the general public, in order to effectively prevent and fight corruption.
  • Providing access to documentation on the standards, policies, good practices, and tools to Anti-corruption practitioners and other interested actors and providing guidance and technical support to States Parties in the implementation of the provisions of the UNCAC.
  • Member States are provided with new technical assistance projects and programmes to prevent and fight against corruption.