Open-ended Intergovernmental Working Group on Prevention

At its third session, held in Doha from 9 to 13 November 2009, the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption adopted resolution 3/2 entitled "Preventive measures". In that resolution, the Conference decided to establish an interim open-ended intergovernmental working group, in accordance with article 63, paragraph 7, of the Convention, and rule 2, paragraph 2, of the rules of procedure of the Conference of the States Parties, to advise and assist the Conference in the implementation of its mandate on the prevention of corruption.
Two meetings were held from 13 to 15 December 2010 and from 22 to 24 August 2011.

At its fourth session, held in Marrakech from 24 to 28 October 2011, the Conference adopted resolution 4/3 in which it was decided that the Working Group should continue its work to advise and assist the Conference in the implementation of its mandate. The Conference also decided that the Working Group on the Prevention of Corruption shall hold at least two meetings prior to the fifth session of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption.

  • Third Intersessional Meeting (Vienna, 27-29 August 2012)
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CU 2012 115 A Generic Note Verbale (A)
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Information Note for Participants
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CAC/COSP/WG.4/2012/1 Annotated provisional agenda and proposed organization of work

CAC/COSP/WG.4/2012/2 Implementation of article 12 of the United Nations Convention against Corruption, including the use of public-private partnerships.
CAC/COSP/WG.4/2012/3 Conflicts of interest, reporting acts of corruption and asset declarations, particularly in the context of articles 7-9 of the Convention.



CAC/COSP/WG.4/2012/4 Report on the status of implementation of resolution 4/3, entitled "Marrakech declaration on the prevention of corruption".

CAC/COSP/WG.4/2012/5 Report of the third meeting of the Open-Ended Intergovernmental Working Group on Prevention (Vienna, 27-29 August 2012)
CAC/COSP/2011/CRP.4 Proposal for a possible multi-year workplan for the Open-Ended Intergovernmental Working Group on Prevention: Note prepared by the Secretariat (English only)
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CAC/COSP/WG.4/2012/CRP.1 - CAC/COSP/WG.2/2012/CRP.2 Communication dated 20 August 2012 from the Permanent Mission of Costa Rica to the United Nations in Vienna requesting the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime to include the updated version of the document entitled "Corruption and social damage" as part of the working documents of the Open-ended Intergovernmental Working Group on the Prevention of Corruption and the Open-ended Intergovernmental Working Group on Asset Recovery (English and Spanish only) - -
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CAC/COSP/WG.4/2012/CRP.2 The United States of America executive branch financial disclosure system
CAC/COSP/WG.4/2012/CRP3 The United States Efforts to Implement Article 12
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Presentations (LINK)

 

 

Preventive Measures

In its resolution 3/2, entitled "Preventive measures", the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption decided to establish an interim open-ended Intergovernmental Working Group, in accordance with article 63, paragraph 7, of the United Nations Convention, and rule 2, paragraph 2 of the rules of procedure of the Conference of the States Parties, to advise and assist the Conference in the implementation of its mandate on the prevention of corruption.

The Conference also decided that the Working Group should perform the following functions: (a) assist the Conference in developing and accumulating knowledge in the area of prevention of corruption; (b) facilitate the exchange of information and experience among States on preventive measures and practices; (c) facilitate the collection, dissemination and promotion of best practices in corruption prevention; and (d) assist the Conference in encouraging cooperation among all stakeholders and sectors of society in order to prevent corruption.

At its second intersessional meeting held in Vienna from 22 to 24 August 2011, the Working Group recommended that it should continue to focus on a manageable number of specific substantive topics relevant to the implementation of the articles in Chapter II of the Convention (CAC/COSP/WG.4/2011/4, paragraph 11). The Working Group also considered that its future meetings should follow a multi-year workplan for the period up to 2015. In response to these outcomes of the Working Group, the Secretariat prepared a note entitled "Proposal for a possible multi-year workplan for the Open-Ended Intergovernmental Working Group on Prevention for the period up to 2015" (CAC/COSP/2011/CRP.4) and circulated the note for comments by State parties and signatories to the Convention through Note Verbale CU 2011/177 of 30 September 2011. Following receipt of comments from States parties and signatories, the Secretariat circulated a proposed change to the multi-year workplan through Note Verbale 2011/213 of 3 January 2012. Having received contrasting responses from States parties and signatories, the Secretariat informed States parties and signatories that the proposed change would not take effect and confirmed that the topics for discussion at the third intersessional meeting of the Working Group to be held in Vienna from 27 to 29 August 2012 would remain:

(a) Implementation of article 12 of the Convention, including the use of public-private partnerships;

(b) Conflicts of interest, reporting acts of corruption and asset declarations, particularly in the context of articles 7 - 9 of the Convention.

The Working Group also considered at its second intersessional meeting that in advance of each future meeting of the Working Group, States parties should be invited to share their experiences of implementing the provisions under consideration, preferably by using the self-assessment checklist and including, where possible, successes, challenges, technical assistance needs, and lessons learned in implementation (CAC/COSP/WG.4/2011/4, paragraph 12).

 

Note Verbale to Member States:

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Responses received from Member States

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Argentina - PDF DocumentSpanish
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Bahrain - Arabic
Belarus Russian
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Chile -
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China
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Costa Rica
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Czech Republic
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Ecuador - Spanish
France -
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Guatemala - Spanish
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Responses received from Member States to NV 2011/211

Member State English Original Language Version*
Argentina - PDF DocumentSpanish
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Mexico - Spanish
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At its third session, held in Doha from 9 to 13 November 2009, the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption adopted resolution 3/2 entitled "Preventive measures". In that resolution, the Conference decided to establish an interim open-ended intergovernmental working group, in accordance with article 63, paragraph 7, of the Convention, and rule 2, paragraph 2, of the rules of procedure of the Conference of the States Parties, to advise and assist the Conference in the implementation of its mandate on the prevention of corruption.
Two meetings were held from 13 to 15 December 2010 and from 22 to 24 August 2011.