UNODC Activities with Civil Society in the fight against corruption


The United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) recognizes the role of civil society in combating corruption under Article 13, by calling on governments to increase transparency, improve public access to information and to promote public contributions to the government decision-making process.
UNODC bolsters the capacity and engagement of civil society, especially from developing countries, by delivering training to CSOs on UNCAC and its review mechanism. UNODC also supports CSO engagement in intergovernmental meetings and provides the necessary tools for them to work constructively with their governments and the private sector on UNCAC implementation. An overview of our anti-corruption activities and examples of success stories can be accessed through this link.


Mainstreaming anti-corruption activities in civil society strategies


The diversity of the NGOs' areas of expertise allowed for a high level of interaction on the challenges posed by corruption in their respective sectors, such as environmental crime, human trafficking and child protection   (READ MORE)



Addressing the Links between Corruption and Transnational Organised Crime


To illustrate the links between Corruption and Transnational Organised Crime, NGO representatives presented their points of view at a side event organised by the UNODC Civil Society Team on the margins of the CTOC/COP7   (READ MORE)


African civil society and governments working together on anti-corruption issues


With the support of the Austrian Development Agency, 30 participants representing NGOs and governmental focal points from 12 countries across Africa attended the workshop on UNCAC implementation  (READ MORE)


Bringing governments and civil society together to fight corruption in Asia


From 24 to 27 February 2014, UNODC and the UNCAC Coalition hosted a multi-stakeholder workshop for civil society organisations and government officials on UNCAC and its review mechanism in Malaysia  (READ MORE)


Active participation of civil society at the 5th session of CoSP


Over 170 CSO representatives from some 40 organizations participated in the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption, held in Panama on 24-29 November 2013  (READ MORE)


CSOs around the world celebrate the International Anti-Corruption Day 


The campaign on 9 December 2013 aims to bring together people from all walks of life in the fight against corruption, serving as a global call for action and raising awareness about the UN Convention against Corruption  (READ MORE)


Evaluation of UNODC Civil Society Project shows positive impact and way forward


UNODC Global Project which aims to strengthen the capacity of CSOs to combat corruption and contribute to the UNCAC review process underwent an independent evaluation and the results were presented in Vienna  (READ MORE)


Empowering CSOs to better fight corruption through the UNCAC


A fourth training to strengthen civil society capacity on the United Nation Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) and its review mechanism took place from 18-21 June 2013 in Dakar, Senegal   (READ MORE)


Non-governmental organizations briefing at the Implementation Review Group to UNCAC


At the 4  th session of the IRG of UNCAC, a NGO Briefing was organized on 30  May 2013 by the Secretariat of UNCAC, pursuant to the provisions of  Resolution 4/6  (READ MORE)


New global campaign design competition for the International Anti-Corruption Day


For this year's International Anti Corruption Day, we're calling on youth between the ages of 15- 25 to submit their ideas and maybe have them featured in the 2013 theme  (READ MORE)



Encouraging CSOs anti-corruption work with the private sector


To effectively contribute to the global effort in tackling corruption and its effects on the economic and social environments, UNODC has launched a second round of its small grants scheme for CSOs  (READ MORE)


One-day training session for NGOs in Brasilia


UNODC and the UNCAC Coalition have organized a  training session to strengthen civil society capacity on UNCAC. The training took place on 6 November 2012 in Brazil  (READ MORE)


Over 100 Civil Society Organizations trained on UNCAC and its review mechanism


A third training to strengthen civil society's capacity on the UNCAC and its review mechanism took place from 9-12 October 2012 at the International Anti-Corruption Academy in partnership with the Austrian Development Cooperation  (READ MORE)


UNCAC Implementation Review Group (IRG) holds its first NGO Briefing Session


Following Resolution 4/6, adopted at the 2011 Conference of States Parties (COSP), a Briefing Session with representatives of  NGOs was held on the sideline of the IRG with the objective to further promote constructive dialogue with NGOs dealing with anti-corruption issues  (READ MORE)


Successful training for CSOs on the UNCAC and its review mechanism


During a training which took place on 20-23 March 2012 in Johannesburg, South Africa, 40 CSOs from some 30 countries across Africa and Asia attended interactive sessions organized by experts from Transparency International and UNODC  (READ MORE)


NGOs take the Road to Marrakech: Active participation of civil society at the Conference of the States Parties


200 NGO representatives participated in the fourth Conference of the States Parties which took place from 24-28 October in Marrakech, Morocco, and contributed meaningfully to the various activities related to UNCAC  (READ MORE)








Events 2014 - 2015 

  • 24th Session of the Crime Commission (Vienna, 18-22 May 2015) -  new link
  • Briefing to NGOs on preparations for 13th Crime Congress and 24th CCPCJ (Vienna, 6 February 2015 - 10h), -  presentation  and  recording  
  • Reconvened 23rd Crime Commission and 57th CND (Vienna, 4-5 December 2014) -  link

Resources - publications

Using the UN Convention Against Corruption to advance Anti-corruption efforts: A Guide  link

Civil Society Guide: UNCAC and the private sector  link


United Nations Convention Against Corruption  link


Rules of Procedure  link

Providing anti-corruption assistance to small businesses in the developing world:  Volume 1 and  Volume 2

Anti-corruption policies and measures of the Fortune Global 500  link 


Resources - tools

UNCAC Self-assessment checklist  link


Guidelines and templates link


Resources - videos

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Review Actors 

Chapter 3: Review Process

Chapter 4: Review Tools 

Chapter 5: Civil Society Participation

Chapter 6: Civil Society Report


Resources - e-learning

Start the modules and get your certificatelink




Join us for the International Anti-Corruption Day (9 december 2015)  link