United Nations Convention against Corruption

Pilot Review Programme

Article 63 of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) establishes a Conference of the States Parties with a mandate to, inter alia, promote and review the implementation of the Convention. At its first session, held in Jordan in December 2006, the Conference of the States Parties agreed that it was necessary to establish an appropriate and effective mechanism to assist in the review of the implementation of the Convention (resolution 1/1). The Conference also requested the Secretariat to assist parties in their efforts to collect and provide information on their self-assessment and their analysis of implementation efforts and to report on those efforts to the Conference.

The "Pilot Review Programme" was developed by UNODC to offer opportunities to test methods for implementation review of the Convention, with the overall objective to evaluate efficiency and effectiveness of the tested mechanism(s) and to provide to the Conference information on lessons learned and experience acquired, thus enabling it to make informed decisions on the establishment of the appropriate mechanism for reviewing the implementation of the Convention. It is strictly voluntary and limited in scope and time. Sixteen countries formed the initial pilot review group, that was expanded to 29 countries following the second session of the Conference.

The methodology of the Pilot Review Programme was to conduct a limited review of the implementation of UNCAC in the participating countries using a combined self-assessment / group / expert review method as possible mechanism(s) for reviewing the implementation of the Convention. Throughout the review process, the reviewing experts engaged with the individual country in an active dialogue, discussing preliminary findings and requesting additional information. Where requested by the country under review, on-site visits were conducted to assist in undertaking the self-assessments, and/or preparing the recommendations.

The scope of review covered four chapters of UNCAC with selected articles: 5 (preventive anti-corruption policies and practices); 15 (bribery of national public officials); 16 (bribery of foreign public officials and officials of public international organizations); 17 (embezzlement, misappropriation or other diversion of property by a public official); 25 (obstruction of justice); 46 (mutual legal assistance), particularly paragraphs 13 and 9; 52 (prevention and detection of transfers of proceeds of crime); and 53 (measures for direct recovery of property)

UNCAC Pilot Review Meetings:

  • First Pilot Review Group Meeting, Vienna, March 2007
  • Second Pilot Review Group Meeting, Vienna, June 2007
  • Third Pilot Review Group Meeting, Vienna, December 2007
  • Fourth Review Group Meeting, Vienna, May 2008
  • Fifth Review Group Meeting, Vienna, October 2008
  • Sixth Review Group Meeting,Vienna, April, August 2009

 

UNCAC Pilot Review Documents:

  • Project Document ( PDF )
  • Terms of Reference ( PDF )
  • Blueprint Country Report ( PDF )
  • Partnership and Status of Review ( PDF )
  • Good practices and lessons learned from implementing the United Nations Convention against Corruption Pilot Review Programme: Background paper prepared by the Secretariat ( PDF )

Participating Countries

Argentina (LINK to Report)

Austria (LINK to Report)
Bolivia (LINK to Report)
Burkina Faso
Colombia
Croatia
Dominican Republic
Fiji
Finland
France
Greece
Indonesia
Jordan
Mexico
Mongolia (LINK to Report)
Netherlands
Norway
Pakistan
Panama
Philippines

Peru (LINK to Report)

Poland (LINK to Report)
Romania
Rwanda
Serbia
Sweden (LINK to Report)
United Kingdom

United Republic of Tanzania

(LINK to Report)

United States of America

(LINK to Report)