The Pilot Review Programme, launched in March 2010, was a technical assistance project whose aim was to assist volunteer States parties in undertaking a detailed evaluation of the status of implementation of selected provisions of the Convention and to exchange expertise and best practices in the implementation of the Convention. The Pilot Review Programme, in addition to these substantive outputs, was intended to provide the basis for testing the feasibility and modalities of a review mechanism in order to aid the Conference of the Parties in its consideration of possible mechanisms to review implementation of the Convention and the Protocols thereto.
The programme requestion volunteer States parties to appoint expert focal points to design and participate in a pilot review, which they organized along two complementary tracks. The experts discussed substantive and organizational matters regarding the programme, including the methodology, scope of the review and the modalities of execution. The experts decided that both tracks would share the same starting point: the participating States' self-assessments of their implementation of selected provisions of the Convention. However, the tracks would follow different modalities and have different objectives: track one would be a peer review track with a country-level focus, while track two, an expert review track, would seek to analyse general trends and make general recommendations. Both tracks would result in finished reports summarizing implementation of the selected articles and providing recommendations from the participating experts.
Further background information on the Pilot Programme is available in the document CTOC/COP/2010/CRP.1 entitled "Progress report and lessons learned from the Pilot Programme to Review Implementation of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and the Protocols thereto" and the report CTOC/COP/2012/CRP.3 entitled "Evaluation of the pilot programme to review implementation of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime.