FAST-TRACKING UNCAC - Overview

The overall objective of the regional platform approach is to fast-track the effective implementation of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC).

Based on an analysis of needs, each regional platform has identified four thematic areas as regional priorities. Activities are designed to advance countries’ efforts to implement UNCAC in the priority areas.

The project is catalytic in nature seeking both to identify gaps in existing initiatives to implement UNCAC in the target regions and to coordinate with and complement ongoing work. An important element of the project is to build partnerships and create synergies with other programmes and development partners.

FOCUS AREAS

WHISTLEBLOWER PROTECTION

Whistleblower protection is a regional priority in all the four regional platforms created under the fast-tracking UNCAC implementation project … more

PUBLIC PROCUREMENT

Public procurement is repeatedly reported as the largest single area of corruption in countries participating the regional platforms. … more

INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION

The ability to facilitate efficient and effective mutual legal assistance and extradition is vital to combatting corruption committed
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PUBLIC SECTOR INTEGRITY

Promoting integrity, transparency and accountability in the public sector is an important aspect of UNCAC Chapter II that is related to the prevention of corruption. … more

FINANCIAL INVESTIGATIONS

Financial investigations are constantly reported as a challenging area for most of the participating countries in the regional platforms. … more

COVID-19 and Corruption

Corruption thrives in times of crisis. UNODC supports Member States to prevent and combat corruption during COVID-19 pandemic.
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Why do we need this project?

Corruption poses significant threats to countries around the world. It weakens institutions, erodes trust and threatens the economy by undermining fair competition and discouraging investment and trade. Corruption disproportionately affects disadvantaged groups, specifically the poor, preventing social inclusion, promoting inequality and inhibiting prosperity. The international community has recognized that tackling corruption is vital for sustaining economic stability and growth, maintaining the security of society, protecting human rights, reducing poverty, protecting the environment for future generations and addressing serious and organized crime.

The United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) is the only legally binding universal anti-corruption instrument and a unique tool for developing a comprehensive response to this global problem.

To successfully prevent and fight corruption using UNCAC, countries need to implement the Convention effectively by strengthening their legal, policy and institutional frameworks and capacities. This will also help achieve sustainable development goal 16 for peace, justice and strong institutions.

 

How will the project help fight corruption?

The Project seeks to fast-track the implementation of UNCAC by establishing regional platforms across the world that support countries in identifying successes, challenges, gaps and priority actions regarding implementation of the Convention.

As a first step it helps countries to identify thematic areas where action is required. It then assists them in defining achievable and practical reform priorities and seek endorsement from senior policy-makers for these actions. It also strives to stimulate other partners and donors to align behind regional commitments.

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office is funding the project with a contribution of £8 million, with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) acting as implementing partner.

 

How does UNODC support Member States in combatting corruption?

UNODC provides to participating States a wide range of activities at both national and regional levels in all thematic areas identified as regional priorities in the respective regional platforms.

To ensure that this work does not duplicate with projects conducted by other development partners and to have the greatest impact possible, UNODC collaborate and coordinate closely with all the active partners in the regions. UNODC also always engage with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and the private sector.

In addition, a mapping and baselining phase is systematically conducted following the creation of each regional platform to collect national information on the status of implementation of the thematic areas of the project, corresponding technical assistance needs and anti-corruption projects and activities underway. As such, UNODC ensures that all activities offered during the implementation phase are in line with the actual needs of the countries.

Through the establishment of regional platforms and the organization of various regional events to share information and experience, UNODC also foster cooperation at regional level among the participating countries of the regional platforms.

 

What are the four main steps for creating a regional platform?

1. Identification of regional priorities (thematic areas)

a. Conduction of an internal Desk review
b. Conduction of Consultations and scoping missions with countries
c. Definition of provisional 4 thematic areas
d. Validation of the 4 thematic areas


2. Regional conference: creation of the platform

a. Organization of a two stages conference:
- Technical segment: technical experts and members of civil Society organizations
- High level segment: high level officials, representative of the private sectors and development partners join the conference
b. Elaboration of commitments and recommendations by the participants: the Outcome document consolidating all commitments
    is endorsed on the final day of the conference
c. Conduction of a validation cycle:  the outcome document is circulated among the countries
d. Once the document has reached the final validation, it represents the roadmap of the project in the regional platform


3. Mapping/baselining phase

a. Intermediate phase before the implementation phase
b. Essential to understand the situation and needs of all countries with regard to thematic areas, ensure that the activities that will
    be conducted are in line with actual needs and do not duplicate with what is already being done by others and to build  partnerships
    with development partners

c. The objective is to go in each and every countries of the regional platform to:
i. Obtain updated information of the situation of the country with regard to the 4 thematic areas of the project
ii. Obtain information on the corresponding technical assistance needs and best practices
iii. Meet with developments partners to understand “who is doing what”


4. Implementation phase

a. Activities are based on the results of the mapping/baselining phase
b. Activities are conducted at both national and regional level
c. Promote cooperation at regional level
d. Activities are always conducted in coordination or collaboration with other partners (in line with no duplication and building
    partnerships principles)