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: World Bank
Release date: July 2011

Barriers to Asset Recovery

Tracking and returning stolen assets is a difficult task. Practitioners expected that the UN Convention against Corruption, UNCAC, would facilitate these processes but asset recovery is still a lengthy and difficult undertaking. Institutional obstacles, such as the often cited lack of political will, compound with legal barriers such as excessive bank secrecy and discrepancies in legal systems. For developing countries this means that money that should be put to development purposes remains out of reach. This World Bank publication brings an overview of the most common institutional, legal and operational obstacles as experienced by practitioners around the world

Author: UNDP
Release date: October 2010

Guidance Note: UNCAC Self-Assessments, Going Beyond the Minimum

Based on previous country experiences, every UNCAC Self-Assessment process is expected to provide an opportunity for national dialogue on anti-corruption policies and programmes and further stimulate reforms to curb corruption in the interest of sustainable human development. This Guidance Note provides a methodology for national stakeholders on how to conduct a comprehensive and participatory Self-Assessment of UNCAC implementation.


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