New Dates for the UNCAC NGO Briefing & Preparatory meetings for the UNGASS on Corruption

30 July 2020 –

Following the postponement of the NGO briefing on the sidelines of the UNCAC Implementation Review Group (IRG) and the first intersessional meetings in preparation of the first-ever preparation of the UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on Corruption, UNODC has published an updated timeline for these meetings.

Further below, we outline the conditions and methods of attendance.

  • The UNCAC NGO Briefing will take place on 1 September (at Vienna International Center plus remote participation)
  • The UNCAC intersessional meeting on criminalization and prevention of corruption in preparation of the UNGASS will take place in the from September 2 to 4 (at Vienna International Center plus remote participation)
  • The UNGASS on corruption, currently scheduled for late April 2021, will likely to take place from 2 to 4 June 2021 in New York (dates to be confirmed).

The NGO Briefing on the Margins of the UNCAC Implementation Review Group (IRG)

The NGO briefing by UNODC is the only regular forum in the UNCAC for civil society to formally engage with UNODC and delegations outside the UNCAC Conference of the States Parties. It will be held on Tuesday, 1 September, from 13:00 to 15:00 Vienna time (exact time still to be confirmed). 

Participation will be in a mixed model, meaning attendance in person in Vienna + remote participation (via Microsoft Teams).  Permanent missions in Vienna will be allowed to send 1-2 participants to attend the meeting in person. The briefing will be held without interpretation due to resource constraints and technical challenges.

It is yet to be decided how many participants will be able to attend in person on behalf of NGOs.  Delegations are strongly encouraged by UNODC to deliver statements through their delegates who are attending the briefing in person.  The number of speakers from each delegation is yet to be decided. The meeting will be held without interpretation.

There will be a new call for expressions of interest for NGOs to attend the NGO briefing. However, only organisations that were granted observer status to the UNCAC CoSP 8 in Abu Dhabi can attend. The new call for expressions of interest will likely be published by UNODC in the first half of August – if you were registered for the CoSP, monitor your email inboxes and the webpage of the resumed 11th session of the UNCAC IRG, where details on how to apply to attend will be announced.

Those organisations that registered for the postponed NGO briefing in June will be asked by UNODC to update the list of attendees, in case there are any changes.

Please note that if you apply to attend, you will not receive a notification on whether your application was received and accepted from UNODC. In case you are allowed to attend, you will receive a link for remote participation one or two days ahead of the meeting.

1st CoSP intersessional meeting for the preparation of the UNGASS

The first (previously postponed) intersessional CoSP meeting in preparation of the UNGASS, will take place from Wednesday, 2 September afternoon to the evening of Friday, 4 September  in total 2.5 days, from 10:00-13:00 and 15:00-18:00 Vienna time (exact hours yet to be confirmed). 

The meeting will focus on prevention of corruption, criminalisation and enforcement and most likely have two panel discussions, before opening the floor for the general discussion and delivery of statements by delegations and observers, including from civil society.

Participation will be in a mixed model, meaning in person in Vienna plus remote participation.  The maximum number of in-person participants is 300. The maximum number of remote participants is 700 (UNODC is using the platform Interprefy).  We have learned that each delegation will likely be allowed to send one participant to attend the meeting in person, who will have to be registered in advance. The delegate participating in person is strongly encouraged to be the one delivering a statement on behalf of its delegation. 

In case delegations, including NGOs, would like to deliver a statement virtually, a written version of the statement must be sent to UNODC in advance, to ease interpretation, or to be recorded as a video in advance and sent beforehand (maximum time for statements is 3 minutes).

Those organisations who registered for the postponed meeting in June are asked to update the list of attendees, in case there are any changes. There will be a new call for expressions of interest to attend in early August, only groups that were allowed as observers to the CoSP 8 in Abu Dhabi can attend.

The new call for expressions of interest will likely be published by UNODC in the first half of August – if you were registered for the last CoSP, monitor your email inboxes and the webpage on the UNGASS, where details on how to apply to attend will be announced.

Please note that if you apply to attend, you will not receive a notification on whether your application was received and accepted from UNODC. In case you are allowed to attend, you will receive a link for remote participation one or two days ahead of the meeting.

Timeline of UNGASS preparations over the next year

  • 19-20 November: The 2nd intercessional meeting for the UNGASS, focusing on asset recovery and international cooperation
  • 22-23 February 2021: 3rd intercessional, thematic focus to be determined.
  • 7 May 2021: Special Session of the UNCAC CoSP, with the purpose to approve the political declaration for the UNGASS.
  • 2- 4 June 2021 (still TBC): UNGASS on Corruption in New York

The official information, as well as the timeline of the preparatory meetings, is published on the UNGASS public website.

Please see this post for the full background information on the UNGASS on corruption, including ways to contribute and participate in the process and in the special session in New York.