Online Directories of Competent National Authorities

Competent National Authorities under the International Drug Control Treaties

This directory lists the competent national authorities empowered to issue certificates and authorizations for the import and export of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, and to regulate or enforce national controls over precursors and essential chemicals. The legal bases for designating these authorities are the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961 (article 18), the Convention on Psychotropic Substances of 1971 (article 16), and the United Nations Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances of 1988 (article 12).

Competent National Authorities under the 1988 Drug Convention and the Convention against Transnational Organized Crime

This directory lists the national authorities designated to receive, respond to and process requests for mutual legal assistance, extradition transfer of sentenced persons, cooperation to suppress illicit traffic by sea of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, as well as those designated to receive and respond to request for assistance, for confirmation of registry or of the right of a vessel to fly its flag and for authorization to take appropriate measure against the smuggling of migrants by sea. Similarly, it lists the authorities that can assist other States Parties in developing measures to prevent transnational organized crime, as well as national bodies or single focal point of contact that act as liaison on matters relating to the illicit manufacturing of and trafficking in firearms. The directory also contains the designated contact points to facilitate international cooperation within the application of the Organized Crime Convention for the purpose of preventing and combating trafficking in cultural property.

The above-mentioned authorities are designated in light of articles 16, 17, 18 and 31 of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, article 8 of the Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air, article 13 of the Protocol against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Their Parts and Components and Ammunition, articles 6, 7 and 17 of the United Nations Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances of 1988 and paragraph 6 of General Assembly resolution 68/186 on Strengthening crime prevention and criminal justice responses to protect cultural property, especially with regard to its trafficking.

Competent National Authorities under the United Nations Convention Against Corruption

This directory lists the competent national authorities designated to receive, respond to and process requests for mutual legal assistance and asset recovery, as well as requests for sharing national experience in developing and implementing specific measures for the prevention of corruption. The legal bases for designating these authorities are the United  Nations Convention Against Corruption (articles 6 and 46), and paragraph 18 of Resolution 4/4 on International Cooperation in Asset Recovery adopted by the Conference of States Parties to the Convention.