United Nations Convention against Corruption

The United Nations Convention against Corruption is the only legally binding universal anti-corruption instrument. The Convention's far-reaching approach and the mandatory character of many of its provisions makes it a unique tool for developing a comprehensive response to a global problem.

The Convention covers five main areas: preventive measures, criminalization and law enforcement, international cooperation, asset recovery, and technical assistance and information exchange. The Convention covers many different forms of corruption, such as bribery, trading in influence, abuse of functions, and various acts of corruption in the private sector.

Resolution 8/4 - Safeguarding sport from corruption

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In Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, in December 2019, as part of the Eighth Session of the Conference of States parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption, 186 Governments (now counting 187) agreed a new set of commitments aimed at tackling corruption in sport. This was done through the adoption of resolution 8/4 on Safeguarding Sport from Corruption. Resolution 8/4 can be found by following the link to the English version of the Conference Report, page 16-20. 

A link to the English version can be found here: Link

Resolution 7/8 - Corruption in sport

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In Vienna, Austria, in November 2017, as part of the Seventh Session of the Conference of States parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption, 186 Governments (now counting 187) agreed a set of commitments aimed at tackling corruption in sport. This was done through the adoption of resolution 7/8 on Corruption in Sport.

A link to the English version can be found here: Link

General Assembly Resolutions

Further to the above calls for effective action, corruption in sport were also addressed by the United Nations General Assembly in several resolutions, namely:

  • Assembly Resolution 73/24, entitled “Sport as an enabler of sustainable development”;
  • Assembly Resolution 73/190, entitled “Preventing and combating corrupt practices and the transfer of proceeds of corruption, facilitating asset recovery and returning such assets to legitimate owners, in particular to countries of origin, in accordance with the United Nations Convention against Corruption”;
  • Assembly Resolution 75/30, entitled "Sport as an enabler of sustainable development".
Relevant paragraphs on safeguarding sport from corruption include the following:
 
Reaffirming the importance of Member States, including those that will host such Games and other sporting events in the future, as well as relevant sport-related organizations, federations and associations, as appropriate, enhancing measures to address the risks of corruption related to such events, and in this regard welcoming the conferences on safeguarding sport from corruption, held in Vienna in June 2018 and in September 2019,”;
 
“18. Calls upon Member States to enhance their efforts to prevent and fight corruption in sport and, in this regard, stresses the importance of robust legislative and law enforcement measures, and also calls upon Member States to improve cooperation and the coordination and exchange of information in accordance with the fundamental principles of their legal systems;”.