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International Cooperation in Combating Transnational Organized Crime and Corruption

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Date Published
February 2014
19 pages
This report presents an overview of the activities of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in its efforts to counter transnational organized crime and government corruption.
Attention is given to the activities of the UNODC in implementing the UN Economic and Social Council's resolutions 2005/17, entitled, International Cooperation in the Fight against Transnational Organized Crime, and 2006/24, entitled, International Cooperation in the Fight against Corruption. It also describes its activities in implementing UN General Assembly resolution 68/193, entitled Strengthening the United Nations Crime and Criminal Justice Program, in particular Its Technical Cooperation Capacity. The report also provides information on the implementation of the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice's resolution 22/3 entitled, Renewed Efforts to Ensure the Effective Implementation of the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime and Its Protocols. The UNODC has developed several model provisions and laws pertaining to the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, with attention to the specific crimes of trafficking in firearms, their parts, and ammunition; money laundering; the financing of terrorism; trafficking in fraudulent medicine; and trafficking in persons. The UNODC has also engaged in activities intended to promote international cooperation in countering particular offenses perpetrated by organized crime groups. Similar activities of the UNODC have focused on international cooperation under the UN Convention against Corruption. This has included the development and dissemination of tools and resources for training and other technical assistance for anti-corruption practitioners. Recommendations for the consideration of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice pertain to expansion of the knowledge base, legislation, and case law on organized crime and corruption; support for legislative assistance; and support for the establishment and maintenance of existing regional networks in their fight against organized crime and corruption.