Corruption and Economic Crime Branch

Within UNODC, the overall substantive and implementation responsibilities and functions relating to the United Nations Convention against Corruption are vested with the Corruption and Economic Crime Branch (CEB) in the Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA). The CEB supports States in their efforts to ratify and effectively implement the Convention, including through the following functions:

1. Acting as Secretariat to the Conference of the States Parties

UNODC provides secretariat services to the Conference of the States Parties (COSP), the main decision-making body established under the Convention, and its subsidiary bodies, namely the Implementation Review Group (IRG), the Working Group on Asset Recovery, the Working Group on Prevention and the Expert Meeting on International Cooperation. Among other substantive and technical services, UNODC prepares background papers; receives, translates and distributes documents, reports and decisions; interprets speeches made at the meetings; prepares and circulates the records of the sessions; has the custody and proper preservation of the documents in the archives; and assists the bureau of the COSP in the performance of their functions.

In turn UNODC receives mandates from the COSP and its subsidiary bodies.

2. Supporting the Implementation Review Mechanism

UNODC is mandated to ensure the efficient functioning of the Implementation Review Mechanism, the mandatory peer-review process for all States Parties to the Convention against Corruption aimed at assessing their compliance with the provisions of the Convention. In particular, UNODC facilitates the conduct of the country reviews and provides technical and substantive support, upon request, to state parties in the course of functioning of the mechanism. As an overarching outcome of the review process, UNODC also prepares thematic implementation reports and regional addenda, with the aim to reflect trends, challenges, good practices and technical assistance needs in implementation of the Convention.

3. Delivering technical assistance and developing tools

UNODC provides tailored technical assistance activities to States in support of the implementation of the Convention and of mandates related to economic fraud and identity-related crime. This technical assistance covers a number of thematic areas and takes different forms, including legislative assistance, assistance in the development of national policies and strategies, capacity building activities, etc.

To facilitate the delivery of dedicated on-site guidance and advise to States, UNODC has established a network of regional anti-corruption and national advisers.

In providing technical assistance for the prevention of and fight against corruption, UNODC has forged a number of strategic partnerships with other international and regional organizations, such as the establishment of the joint World Bank/UNODC Stolen Asset Recovery (StAR) Initiative.

UNODC also prepares a wide range of manuals, tools and training materials to provide guidance and technical support to States for the effective implementation of UNCAC. (Click here for more information)

Contact us

Corruption and Economic Crime Branch
Division for Treaty Affairs
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Wagramer Strasse 5, A-1400 Vienna, Austria
Phone:+43(1) 26060-5350
Fax: +43(1) 26060-5841

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We are regularly looking for qualified and skilled temporary staff, consultants and interns. If you are interested in working with the Corruption and Economic Crime Branch of UNODC, please start by filling out your Personal History Profile (PHP) in Inspira, the United Nations career portal, through which all recruitment is done.