UNODC & CIVIL SOCIETY

Engagement of non-governmental stakeholders in crime prevention

UNODC acknowledges the need to promote strong partnerships with relevant stakeholders in dealing with the complex issues of crime which undermines the fabric of society. The active involvement of civil society, academics and the private sector is essential to help UNODC carry out its global mandates under the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) and the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC).

UNODC Civil Society Team facilitates, active and meaningful participation of civil society in intergovernmental sessions of the CCPCJ, the UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, and the Conference of the Parties to UNTOC.

Through projects “Stakeholder Engagement for the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC), its Review Mechanism and Related Activities” and “Public-private partnerships: Fostering engagement with the private sector on the implementation of the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC) and its Trafficking in Persons Protocol”, UNODC Civil Society Team works to prepare and improve effective partnerships between NGOs, academia and private sector with a view to supporting Member States in a successful implementation of the UNTOC and constructive engagement in the Review Mechanism in line with UNTOC COP Resolution 9/1.

SE4U Self-paced course

As part of the SE4U project, formally known as “Stakeholder Engagement for the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC), its Review Mechanism and Related Activities”, CSU designed a self-paced online course on Stakeholder Engagement in the Implementation of the Review Mechanism of the UNTOC. The course aims to inform participants about the UNTOC and the Review Mechanism, as well as provide practical information about entry points and tools for engagement and stimulating the sharing of experiences, networking opportunities, and partnerships against organized crime at national, regional, and global levels. During the course, participants share knowledge and practical information with which we hope to support their important work towards the implementation of the UNTOC.

With this training we aim to:

  • Equip non-governmental stakeholders with knowledge about the Organized Crime Convention and its supplementing Protocols;
  • Provide practical information about entry points and tools for engagement of non-governmental stakeholders in the Review Mechanism;
  • Stimulate the sharing of experiences, networking and collaborative initiatives addressing organized crime at national, regional and global levels.
The Call for Participants for the SE4U Self-paced course second Cohort is open until Oct. 5, 2021. Read more about the SE4U Self-paced course here.
For any additional information please contact us at unodc-se4u@un.org.

SE4U Workshops

As part of project “Stakeholder Engagement for the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC), its Review Mechanism and Related Activities”, Stakeholder Engagement for UNTOC (SE4U) workshops are aimed at preparing NGOs, academics and the private sector for constructive participation in the UNTOC Review Mechanism, including a component on how they can collaboratively work with Member States. The main objective of the workshop is to increase knowledge of NGOs, academics and the private sector on UNTOC and its Review Mechanism. At the end of the workshop stakeholders will have:

  • Increased their understanding of the UNTOC and its Review Mechanism,
  • Understood how to participate constructively in the review process,
  • Understood entry points for collaborative contribution to support State parties in the implementation of UNTOC and combatting transnational organized crime, and
  • Identified possible areas for actions at the national and regional levels.
The next SE4U workshop will take place on 27 - 29 October 2021. The registration for the SE4U workshop is open until Oct. 10 2021. Read more here

Events

A multistakeholder approach to combating organized crime highlighted at Kyoto Congress

The Review Mechanism of the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime provides for the engagement with non-governmental stakeholders in the review process. In the Kyoto Declaration which was adopted by the 14th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice on 7 March 2021, Member States committed to enhance multi-disciplinary efforts to prevent and combat crime through cooperation and coordination between law enforcement and other criminal justice institutions, and other governmental sectors, by engaging in and fostering multi-stakeholder partnerships with the private sector, civil society, academia and the scientific community, and with other relevant stakeholders as appropriate. Read more here. 

Pilot Initiative in UNTOC Review Process

As part of the project “Stakeholder Engagement for the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC), its Review Mechanism and Related Activities”, the voluntary country-specific “Pilot initiatives” which are voluntary and country-specific are aimed at strengthening cooperation between competent national authorities, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), academia and the private sector at the national level to address transnational organized crime and contribute to the review process.
The “constructive dialogues” envisaged in Resolution 9/1 will take place following the conclusion of the working group sessions. The pilot initiatives will present a unique opportunity to provide space for dialogue between the concerned government and relevant stakeholders in preparation for the Working Group meetings.
The aim of the pilot initiatives is:
  • To provide space for cooperation between governments, CSOs, academia and the private sector with a view to supporting the UNTOC review mechanism.
  • To produce lessons learned, best practices and recommendations which would inform relevant Working Group deliberations.
  • To strengthen cooperation between national authorities, CSOs, academia and the private sector at the national level.
The “Pilot initiatives” will enable representatives of governments, civil society, academia and the private sector to exchange views on how to work together on country-specific transnational organized crime priorities to ensure an effective implementation of the Convention and the review process.
Download the concept note for “Pilot initiatives” here
For questions and more details please reach out to the CSU at unodc-se4u@un.org.

Knowledge Hub - WhatsOn

The UNODC online knowledge hub WhatsOn is a platform designed to bring together relevant stakeholders in the fight against transnational organized crime as well as corruption, including non-governmental organizations, academia and the private sector. The multi-stakeholder platform allows for networking and knowledge exchange, and contains relevant resources on counter-organized crime and anti-corruption.
WhatsOn is part of the UNODC project entitled “Stakeholder Engagement for the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC) – SE4U, its review mechanism and related activities,” implemented to support Resolution 9/1 of the Conference of Parties to UNTOC, adopted on 19 October 2018.
WhatsOn is a secure space for the involvement of non-governmental stakeholders, enabling networking, information sharing and interaction in order to foster partnership and amplify action of stakeholders against organised crime.
Currently more than 300 Civil Society Organizations are registered on WhatsOn. If you are an NGO, academic or private sector, register here to join the WhatsOn.

Civil Society Partners

Alliance of NGOs Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

The Alliance brings together a broad network of civil society organizations contributing to the achievement of security and justice for all. It ensures that civil society are recognized and heard in advancing the crime prevention and criminal justice agenda and in designing, implementing and measuring results of relevant policies everywhere. 

For more information, please contact  info@crimealliance.org.

Knowledge Resources

UNODC CST, under the guidance of substantive offices, develops guides and tools to facilitate stakeholders' understanding of and engagement in UNTOC.

Download UNODC Toolkit on Stakeholder Engagement: Implementing the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime.

Download a joint UNODC GI-TOC Guide for civil society community engaging with the UNTOC Review Mechanism.