7 July 2020 – On 18 June, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) launched the Toolkit on Stakeholder Engagement for the Implementation of United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC). The toolkit, now available online, was developed based on suggestions from the first Stakeholder Engagement Needs Assessment Workshop which took place in October 2019, which brought together some 40 representatives of Non-Governmental Organizations, academics and the private sector.
The Toolkit was originally due to be unveiled at the 14th Crime Congress, which had to be postponed due to the current Covid-19 pandemic. It will be used to train non-governmental stakeholders with the aim to ensure the effective implementation of the UNTOC, and promote systematic and comprehensive engagement of non-governmental stakeholders in the Review Mechanism, in line with Resolution 9/1 agreed by the Conference of the Parties to the Convention.
The development of the Toolkit was a broad UNODC exercise led by the UNODC Civil Society Team in close consultation with the Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking Branch and other UNODC substantive offices.
The Toolkit features recommendations of relevant sources, tools of engagement of non-governmental stakeholders and a comprehensive overview of the UNTOC, its Protocols and the Review Mechanism. Furthermore, it showcases best practices using case studies and provides guidance and practical information.
The first training based on the Toolkit will take place on 21-24 July 2020 online and will be targeted to Civil Society Organizations, academics and the private sector from the Americas. The online training aims to:
Applying for the training is now possible until 14 July at https://bit.ly/3eoLWv5. More information can be found on the training page https://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/ngos/se4u-training.html or by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Moving forward, UNODC is committed to supporting Member States in the Review Mechanism and to prepare non-governmental stakeholders to make constructive and meaningful contributions.