9 November 2009.
United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC)
Third Conference of States Parties (COSP)
CSO Coalition Calls for Adoption of Effective Review Mechanism at the Third COSP, Doha, 9-13 November 2009
- Corruption undermines democracy, the rule of law, human rights, civil liberties and sustainable development. The UNCAC Coalition (the Coalition) believes that the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), with its worldwide membership and comprehensive anti-corruption framework, is key to dealing effectively with global corruption. In its many provisions on transparency and accountability, the UNCAC includes measures that, if implemented, will contribute to preventing a recurrence of the current global financial crisis.
- The Coalition is convinced that UNCAC’s success in reducing corruption on-the-ground will depend greatly on the adoption of an effective and participatory review mechanism at the Third Conference of the States Parties (COSP) in Doha, in November 2009. Such a review mechanism is also vital for the success of UNCAC’s landmark provisions on asset recovery and the assessment of countries’ technical assistance needs, as well as for strengthening international cooperation and enhancing the responsiveness of governments to their citizens.
- The Coalition considers that the review mechanism should be comprehensive, covering both mandatory and non-mandatory articles, and including the following features:
- supported by a well-resourced secretariat;
- assisted by a group of independent experts;
- based on tested review methods, including peer review and country visits;
- participatory, involving civil society organisations and other stakeholders;
- transparent, resulting in published country reports with recommendations;
- carried out in coordination with regional review mechanisms;
- funded from the regular UN budget or assessed contributions, supplemented as needed by voluntary contributions.