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.


UNODC Engages Public-Private Partnerships in the Fight Against Human Trafficking

A recent regional expert group meeting for Asia-Pacific region hosted on 24 and 25 March 2021 by the Office represented a major milestone in a PPP project, currently being implemented by UNODC with the support of the Federal Government of Germany . The event convened dozens on experts under the banner of “Public Private Partnerships to Counter and Prevent Trafficking in Persons” and marked the path forward for further collaboration in combating human trafficking. Read more here.

29th Session of the CCPCJ

We regret to inform you that the 29th session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, originally scheduled to take place from 18 to 22 May 2020, is postponed to an as yet undetermined later date, due to the current global circumstances in relation to COVID-19.

Updated information, including the new dates of the 29th session and the application period for the side events, will be announced in due course on our website: For all inquiries, please contact the Secretariat to the Governing Bodies (

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, these 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 training will take place on 7-8 July 2021. Read more here


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 Initiatives

Also as part of project “Stakeholder Engagement for the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC), its Review Mechanism and Related Activities”, voluntary country-specific “Pilot initiatives” are aimed at strengthening cooperation between competent national authorities, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), academia and the private sector at the national level with a view to addressing transnational organized crime.

Since the “constructive dialogues” envisaged in Resolution 9/1 will only 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. This 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 review process.

For more information or inquiries, contact the CST at

Knowledge Hub - WhatsOn

The UNODC online knowledge hub named WhatsOn is a platform of relevant stakeholders including civil society organizations, academia and the private sector doing work relevant to transnational organized crime. The platform is currently under development by UNOV ITS department and is expected to be operational towards the end of 2020. Currently, relevant stakeholders are being invited to submit forms with required details.

Once the knowledge hub is established, the information will be added to the knowledge hub, while more stakeholders will be encouraged to join.

UNODC Civil Society Team will regularly encourage and monitor information sharing and networking through the hub to ensure a spirit of collaborative knowledge building and support the achievement of the provisions set out in para IX (b), (i) and (j) of Resolution 9/1. A code of conduct will be developed by UNODC.

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

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.