- Adoption of the Organized Crime Convention
- Historical context: why Palermo?
- Features of the Organized Crime Convention
- The protocols
- Related international instruments
- United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
- Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime
Published in May 2018.
Regional Perspective: Eastern and Southern Africa - added in April 2020
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The United Nations Convention against Organized Crime is an innovative legal framework for the fight against transnational organized crime. Created in honour of the anti-mafia judge, Giovanni Falcone, the Convention incorporates the criminalization of several offences relating to organized crime (participation in an organized criminal group, corruption, money laundering, and obstruction of justice), as well as putting forward provisions that may be used to facilitate investigations and international cooperation. In the fight against transnational criminality, the Convention is supplemented by its Protocols against human trafficking, migrant smuggling, and firearms trafficking, as well as the United Nations Convention against Corruption and the three major international drug control treaties. The Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention and Working Groups work to improve the capacity of States parties to combat organized crime and to promote and review the implementation of the Organized Crime Convention.