The Global Programme on Implementing the Organized Crime Convention: from Theory to Practice supports States in building stronger normative and policy responses to transnational organized crime in order to enhance the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC).
The Programme has two main workstreams. Firstly, it supports States in developing legislative and other normative measures for implementing UNTOC, including its international cooperation provisions, with a focus on the observations emanating from the Review Mechanism of the Convention.
Secondly, it supports States in developing and implementing evidence-based strategies, policies and action plans to tackle transnational organized crime.
The Global Programme strives to achieve equal and equitable approaches to preventing and combating organized crime and places the mainstreaming of gender and human rights in the centre of its work.
The Global Programme supports States through four inter-related methods: development and dissemination of knowledge on transnational organised crime issues through tools development; capacity-building; the SHERLOC knowledge management portal; and advocacy and education.
The Global Programme supports States through capacity building activities designed for national authorities and other stakeholders to assist them in strengthening the implementation of the UNTOC through legislation and strategies.
The Knowledge Management Portal "Sharing Electronic Resources and Laws on Crime (SHERLOC)" facilitates the dissemination of knowledge on organized crime and terrorism, including linkages between different crime types.
SHERLOC hosts eight databases collecting a range of resources on organized crime in all its forms and manifestations and terrorism: this includes the databases of legislation, case law, strategies, treaties and bibliography, the Education for Universities Database (Edu4U), the Directory of Competent National Authorities and the Legislative Guide on UNTOC. Fifteen types of criminal activities are currently covered in SHERLOC and its databases: participation in an organized criminal group, corruption, counterfeiting, drug trafficking, money-laundering, obstruction of justice, cybercrime, piracy and maritime crimes, smuggling of migrants, trafficking in persons, trafficking in cultural property, crimes affecting the environment, falsified medical products, trafficking in firearms and terrorism.
Policymakers, legislators and practitioners can benefit from the tools developed by the Global Programme to support the development of legislation and strategies on preventing and combating transnational organized crime.
The Global Programme actively supports advocacy and education on the Organized Crime Convention through the development and dissemination of teaching modules on organized crime. The teaching modules are developed in cooperation with academia to assist in the teaching on issues relating to organized crime.