UN Convention against Corruption

UNCAC is the only globally-agreed framework on combating corruption. Learn more about its content and processes, and about related international agreements.

UNCAC sets a comprehensive benchmark for anti-corruption laws, institutions, and actions of ratifying countries. UNCAC commitments can be a valuable basis for national anti-corruption agendas and donor dialogue and assistance, but its range—from anti-corruption agencies to criminalization to asset recovery—also demands priority-setting. The UNCAC review mechanism can shape some priorities, but the specific country context is equally important.

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Civil Society and the UNCAC Review Process: The Review Actors

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Author: UNODC
Release date: January 2006

Legislative Guide for the Implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption

This guide aims to assist States seeking to ratify and implement the Convention by identifying legislative requirements, issues arising from those requirements and various options available to States as they develop and draft the necessary legislation. While drafted mainly for policymakers and legislators, the guide also provides a helpful basis for bilateral technical assistance projects undertaken to promote broad ratification and implementation of the Convention.

Author: R. Rajesh Babu
Release date: January 2006

The United Nations Convention Against Corruption: A Critical Overview

With UNCAC now being considered the most important anti-corruption instrument – having a global scope of application and obligating Member States to undertake certain obligations and common standards, which need to be implemented or incorporated into their respective domestic legal systems – this paper attempts to provide a critical overview of UNCAC, with a comparative analysis of the other regional anticorruption instruments.


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