Open-ended Interim Working Group of Government Experts on Technical Assistance, Vienna, Austria, 15 - 16 October 2008

At its second session, the Conference established an open-ended interim working group on technical assistance to advise and assist the Conference in the implementation of its mandate on technical assistance (Conference decision 2/6). The Open-ended Interim Working Group of Government Experts on Technical Assistance met during the third session of the Conference and formulated recommendations that the Conference endorsed in its decision 3/4. The Working Group subsequently held a second meeting, in Vienna from 3 to 5 October 2007, at which it formulated further recommendations for consideration by the Conference at its fourth session.

At the second meeting, the Working Group requested the secretariat to submit to the Conference, at its fourth session, proposals for specific technical assistance activities in the following areas: (a) gathering information on the implementation of the Convention and the Protocols thereto; (b) strengthening criminal justice responses to organized crime based on the Convention and the Protocols thereto; (c) international cooperation and establishment or strengthening of central authorities for mutual legal assistance and extradition; (d) data collection; and (e) implementation of the Protocols to the Convention.

The Working Group also requested the secretariat to organize, during the fourth session of the Conference, a round table for the technical assistance providers represented at the session to facilitate the exchange of information on technical assistance being provided and the promotion of and closer coordination in the delivery of such assistance.

The recommendations of the Working Group were adopted by the Conference in decision 4/3.

Meeting documents

Documents considered at the meeting can be accessed on the documents page of the fourth session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Translational Organized Crime.

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CTOC/COP/2008/7

Report on the meeting of the Open-ended Interim Working Group of Government Experts on Technical Assistance held in Vienna from 3 to 5 October 2007 

CTOC/COP/2008/16

Working paper prepared by the Secretariat on proposals for technical assistance activities designed to meet the needs identified in the priority areas determined by the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime

CTOC/COP/2008/17

Note by the Secretariat on budgetary and financial matters