Upgraded online directory of Competent National Authorities


29 November - The enhanced and upgraded online directory provides information on the competent national authorities (CNAs) designated under the UN Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances of 1988. The Directory currently contains the contact information of over 600 CNAs world-wide, which makes it easier for CNAs to send and receive requests for international cooperation in the areas of extradition, mutual legal assistance and drug trafficking by sea.

The Directory provides CNAs with updated contact information for their counterparts in most countries of the world as well as the legal requirements for international cooperation. Following decision 3/2 (18 October 2006) of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, the Directory has been extended to include authorities designated under that Convention, and now provides information in accordance with articles 16 and 18, as well as article 8 of the Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air, supplementing the UNTOC. In addition, the Directory was upgraded to allow for external update of the data by the users (CNAs) themselves; users need to simply request a password for the directory, which will permit full access almost immediately.

CNAs may request a password here.

The online directory of competent national authorities is one example of the assistance UNODC provides to Member States in the legal area. More information on UNODC's legal tools.