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.
Whistleblower protection is a regional priority in all the four regional platforms created under the fast-tracking UNCAC implementation project … more
Public procurement is repeatedly reported as the largest single area of corruption in countries participating the regional platforms. … more
The ability to facilitate efficient and effective mutual legal assistance and extradition is vital to combatting corruption
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 are constantly reported as a challenging area for most of the participating countries in the regional platforms. … more
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.
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.
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.
1. Identification of regional priorities (thematic areas)
2. Regional conference: creation of the platform
3. Mapping/baselining phase
4. Implementation phase