Safeguarding Sport from Corruption and Crime

UNODC’s work in the area of corruption and crime in sport was mandated by the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption through the adoption of two resolutions by over 180 States parties, namely:

  • Resolution 8/4 on Safeguarding Sport from Corruption, adopted by the Conference at its Eighth Session, in Abu Dhabi, from 16 to 20 December 2019.
  • Resolution 7/8 on corruption in sport, adopted by the Conference at its Seventh Session, in Vienna, from 6 to 10 November 2017.

 These resolutions set out the key issues that need to be addressed to tackle the problem of corruption in sport and outline the actions that States parties have committed to taking in order to do so.

The text of both resolutions can be found here.


Programme on Safeguarding Sport from Corruption and Crime

To support the implementation of the above-mentioned resolutions by Governments, sports organizations and related stakeholders, UNODC launched a Programme on Safeguarding Sport from Corruption and Crime.

The programme is based on three pillars, namely:

  1. Implementation
    This involves delivering normative work to assist States in the implementation of resolutions related to corruption and crime in sport, such as through supporting the development of domestic legislation and policy on corruption in sport and the provision of secretariat and substantive services to the treaty-based and governing bodies.
  2. Research and Analysis
    UNODC conducts research and analytical work to increase knowledge and develop guidance on corruption and crime issues in sport, and to identify and develop international good practices.
  3. Field work
    UNODC works with States parties and its partners to deliver technical assistance projects in in the field to enhance the capacity of Member States and sports organization to counter corruption and crime in sport.

Additional information about UNODC’s work can be found under the four tabs below. For more information about the Programme and to find our contact information, please see under About and Contact.




The text of the resolution "Safeguarding Sport from Corruption", adopted in 2019, and "Corruption in sport", adopted in 2017, be found under this section.

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Here you will find information on latest activities and initiatives related to corruption in sport which UNODC is involved in.

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Here you can access tools and guides related to fighting corruption in sport.

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About and Contact

Please do not hesitate to contact us directly in case of any questions or enquiries.

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