THE UNODC GLOBAL PROGRAMME FOR STRENGTHENING CAPACITIES TO PREVENT AND COMBAT ORGANIZED AND SERIOUS CRIME 

(GPTOC)

 

The Global Programme for Strengthening Capacities to Prevent and Combat Organized and Serious Crime (GPTOC) provides technical assistance to States to effectively implement the Organized Crime Convention in order to deal with different forms of serious and organized crime. These objectives are achieved through the development and dissemination of tools, through assessments and awareness raising, training and the provision of advisors. The project has a focus on international cooperation in criminal matters and other cross-cutting issues. Project components include: establishing and linking regional networks, and supporting criminal intelligence, covert investigations and witness protection capabilities.

 

GPTOC also supports the development and pilot testing of new initiatives, as may be mandated by the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime or by the Crime Commission, such as the issues of trafficking in fraudulent medicines, trafficking in endangered species of wild fauna and flora, terrorist threats to the tourist sector and TOC at Sea.  The project has also supported the development of unique initiatives to deal with organized crime and corruption such as the Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG). GPTOC also provides secretariat support to the COP, and in particular to its Working Groups on International Cooperation and on Technical Assistance.

 

Initiatives

 

>  Networks of prosecutors and central authorities : the  REFCO   and  WACAP   initiatives.

A strategy of GPTOC has been to implement the resolutions adopted by the COP in 2010 and 2012 which requested UNODC to foster international and regional cooperation by, inter alia, facilitating the development of regional networks and, where appropriate, by facilitating cooperation among all such networks. In its resolution 6/1, the COP requested UNODC, in conjunction with Member States, to continue to establish networks and other mechanisms to facilitate formal and informal cooperation, such as regional and interregional meetings and exchanges of experience among practitioners [click below for more].

                                                                                                                              

                                            REFCO                                                                    WACAP  

                Network of Specialized Prosecutors                Network of West African Central Authorities

                          against Organized Crime                       and Prosecutors against Organized Crime

 

>  Criminal Intelligence Programme -   CIP

Law enforcement agencies routinely receive information from a very broad range of sources. These include things seen and heard by their officers in the course of their daily duty, information acquired through covert means such as confidential informants, undercover officers, surveillance or technical measures, and open source channels of information such as the news media and the Internet. This raw information is initially subjected to a process of evaluation to verify that its retention is justified for law enforcement purposes and then the reliability of the information itself and of its source is assessed, in order to become criminal intelligence [click below for more].

                                                          

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>  Witness Protection Programme -  WPP

The cooperation of victims and other witnesses who can provide important evidence can be key to achieving successful investigations and prosecutions of offenders of all forms of serious and organized crimes. Yet one of the challenges faced by many criminal justice systems is obtaining such cooperation. In a global and highly mobile world, the challenges posed by protecting and assisting victims and witnesses of serious crimes are compounded [  click for more ].

 

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THE UNODC GLOBAL PROGRAMME FOR 

STRENGTHENING CAPACITIES TO PREVENT

AND COMBAT ORGANIZED CRIME (GPTOC)

 

is financed by extra-budgetary contributions from the governments of:

Canada, Colombia, France, Greece, Italy, Norway, the Russian Federation,

United States of America and the United Kingdom.

 

 

 

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