United Nations Convention against Corruption

The United Nations Convention against Corruption is the only legally binding universal anti-corruption instrument. The Convention's far-reaching approach and the mandatory character of many of its provisions makes it a unique tool for developing a comprehensive response to a global problem.

The Convention covers five main areas: preventive measures, criminalization and law enforcement, international cooperation, asset recovery, and technical assistance and information exchange. The Convention covers many different forms of corruption, such as bribery, trading in influence, abuse of functions, and various acts of corruption in the private sector. 

Resolution 8/4 - Safeguarding sport from corruption

The advanced unedited version of the resolution be found here: Link.

In Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, in December 2019, as part of the Eighth Session of the Conference of States parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption, 186 Governments (now counting 187) agreed a new set of commitments aimed at tackling corruption in sport. This was done through the adoption of resolution 8/4 on Safeguarding Sport from Corruption.

Resolution 7/8 - Corruption in sport

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In Vienna, Austria, in November 2017, as part of the Seventh Session of the Conference of States parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption, 186 Governments (now counting 187) agreed a set of commitments aimed at tackling corruption in sport. This was done through the adoption of resolution 7/8 on Corruption in Sport. A link to the English version can be found here: Link.

Both resolutions identify priority action areas, including competition manipulation, illegal betting, money laundering, infiltration of sport by organized crime, cooperation between sport and criminal justice authorities, bribery, conflicts of interest, governance of sport organizations, safeguarding against corruption in major public event, reporting mechanisms, as well as protecting those in society who are most exposed to the problem.

General Assembly Resolutions

Further to the above calls for effective action, corruption in sport were also addressed by the United Nations General Assembly in two resolutions, namely:

  • Assembly Resolution 73/24, entitled “Sport as an enabler of sustainable development”;
  • Assembly Resolution 73/190, entitled “Preventing and combating corrupt practices and the transfer of proceeds of corruption, facilitating asset recovery and returning such assets to legitimate owners, in particular to countries of origin, in accordance with the United Nations Convention against Corruption”; and the report of the Secretary-General entitled “Strengthening the global framework for leveraging sport for development and peace” (A/73/325).