International Standards in Countering Corruption

Regional workshop on "Investigative Techniques of Transnational Corruption Offences" was concluded on 4 March 2015 in Tehran by adopting a set of recommendations for promoting international/regional cooperation in better addressing corruption related cases. The workshop was organized under the UNODC Regional Programme for Afghanistan and Neighboring countries with technical support of Corruption and Economic Crime Branch of UNODC HQ and General Inspection Organization of Iran. The training brought together senior-level experts/officials from Afghanistan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.

International standards in countering corruption with an emphasis on joint investigation techniques including financial investigation were at the focus of the workshop.  Participants discussed practices and techniques used in a joint investigation of transnational corruption offences and potential areas for cooperation. They highlighted the importance of regional cooperation to better address transnational organized crime and corruption, improvement of quality of data on corruption, establishment of the network of focal points aimed at identifying, freezing, tracing of proceeds of crime and recovery of assets as well as establishment of joint investigation teams to investigate corruption offences in line with UNCAC requirements.