The Conference of the States Parties (COSP) is the main policymaking body of the United Nations Convention against Corruption. It supports States parties and signatories in their implementation of the Convention, and gives policy guidance to UNODC to develop and implement anti-corruption activities.
The Conference was established, as per article 63 of the Convention:
The Conference meets every two years and adopts resolutions and decisions in furtherance of its mandate.
All States that have ratified the Convention are part of the Conference, while signatories are entitled to participate as observers in the Conference. Non-signatories, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations can apply for observer status at its sessions.
The Conference has created subsidiary bodies, operating under its mandate, to assist in carrying out its work. They are meant to advise the Conference and make recommendations to help deliver its mandate (in accordance with article 63, paragraph 7 of the Convention).