Online Directory of Competent National Authorities

The online directory of Competent National Authorities allows easy access to the contact information of over five hundred competent national authorities designated under: (1) the 1988 United Nations Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances, (2) the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and the Protocols thereto, and (3) other applicable legal instruments, such as General Assembly resolution 68/186 and decisions 3/2 and 4/2 of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention against Transnational Organized Crime.

The directory contains the contact information of national authorities authorized to receive, respond to and process requests of assistance for matters related to:

  • Mutual legal assistance
  • Extradition
  • Transfer of sentenced persons
  • Illicit traffic by sea of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances
  • Smuggling of migrants by sea
  • Trafficking in firearms
  • Prevention of transnational organized crime and
  • Trafficking in cultural property

With a view to facilitate communication and problem-solving among competent authorities at the interregional level, the directory contains essential information on:

  • Legal and procedural requirements to be observed in requests,
  • Use of the Organized Crime Convention as the legal basis for requests,
  • Links to national laws and websites,
  • Indication of requests that can be made through INTERPOL.

Access is reserved for Permanent Missions to the United Nations and for the authorities listed in the Directory.

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