The Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC) adopted, at its ninth session held in Vienna from 15 to 19 October 2018, resolution 9/1 entitled Establishment of the Mechanism for the Review of the Implementation of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and the Protocols thereto. In this resolution, the Conference adopted the Procedures and Rules for the Functioning of the Mechanism for the Review of the Implementation of the UNTOC and its Protocols.
Statement of financial implications presented to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime before its consideration of resolution 9/1
Workplan for the preparatory phase of the review mechanism of UNTOC and its Protocols in accordance with Conference resolution 9/1
Outline of the tasks contained in the workplan in accordance with resolution 9/1
Outline prepared by the Secretariat of the Mechanism for the Review of Implementation of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and the Protocols thereto
Tasks and timeline of the Intergovernmental Expert Group.
In resolution 9/1, the Conference of the Parties to UNTOC requested UNODC to convene, within existing resources, at least one meeting of an open-ended intergovernmental expert group for the purpose of finalizing and harmonizing, as necessary, the self-assessment questionnaires and preparing the guidelines for conducting the country reviews and a blueprint for the lists of observations.
The Open-ended Intergovernmental Expert Group (IEG) of the Conference of the Parties, established in accordance with resolution 9/1 was held from 9 to 11 October 2019 in Vienna, Austria. The open-ended intergovernmental meeting finalized the guidelines for conducting the country reviews and blueprints for the lists of observations and the summaries as well as the self-assessment questionnaire for the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, pending the harmonization of the questionnaires for UNTOC and its Protocols. Both documents will be submitted to the Conference of the Parties to UNTOC for its consideration at its tenth session (12-16 October 2020). Moreover, the open-ended intergovernmental meeting discussed in detail the draft for the self-assessment questionnaire for the Protocol on Trafficking in Persons.
The report of the first meeting of the Open-ended Intergovernmental Expert Group of the Conference of the Parties is available here.
The second session of the Open-ended Intergovernmental Expert Group of the Conference of the Parties, established in accordance with resolution 9/1, met from 13 to 15 July 2020.
The review mechanism for UNTOC has a mixed funding model combining existing regular budget and extrabudgetary resources as per Resolution 9/1 and its Procedures and Rules.
The Global Programme seeks to ensure the effective operation of the review mechanism, including through the Secretariat’s supporting role as envisaged in Resolution 9/1 which are funded by extrabudgetary resources.
The Global Programme will ensure that Member States successfully finalize the establishment of the review mechanism of UNTOC and its Protocols and can participate actively and effectively in the review mechanism.
During the preparatory phase of the review process (October 2018-2020) the Secretariat will support the development of the new secure module of SHERLOC (RevMOD), the online platform that will be used during the review process. In addition, the Secretariat will also assist Member States in the process of formal and informal intergovernmental consultations related to the preparation of the review mechanism and will support the participation of relevant stakeholders, including NGOs, to the review process through the production of, inter alia, training materials.
During the review phase (October 2020 – October 2030) the Secretariat will work with member States in supporting and assisting the desk reviews and on the preparation of the report on trends and patterns.
In its resolution 9/1, the Conference of the Parties requested the Secretariat, in close consultation with and reflecting inputs from States parties to further develop the knowledge management portal known as Sharing Electronic Resources and Laws on Crime (SHERLOC), in accordance with the procedures and rules for the functioning of the mechanism to review the implementation of UNTOC and its Protocols contained in the annex to resolution 9/1, and to brief the Conference of the Parties at its tenth session about the updated portal for its consideration.
Under GLOW97, the development of the secure module is ongoing, and a test phase of the module will be held on 24 and 25 August 2020 with States parties.
As per the Procedures and rules, the pairing of States for the review process will be carried out by a drawing of lots at the beginning of the review process.
The requirements of the drawing of lots are described by para. 28 and 29 of the procedures and rules annexed to resolution 9/1.
The pairing system envisaged in the Procedures and rules is particularly complex as the status of adherence to each instrument varies considerably from State to State and because of the several requirements introduced by the procedures and rules. In order to facilitate the pairing process, the Secretariat developed two manual and one automated algorithms for the drawing of lots that meet the requirements contained in the Procedures and rules. State Parties need to make a decision on which algorithm will be used in the review process.
Summary: main features of the algorithm for the drawing of lots for the mechanism of the review of the implementation of UNTOC and the Protocols thereto
The Global Programme for the Review Mechanism is grateful for the support of the following donors:
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