Page last updated: 21 March 2023
The Tenth Session of the UNCAC Conference of the States Parties (10th CoSP)
The Conference of States Parties (COSP) is the main decision-making body of the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC).
All states that have ratified the UNCAC are automatically part of the Conference of State Parties. Other states (signatories and non-signatories), intergovernmental organisations and non-governmental organisations can apply for observer status at COSP sessions.
The COSP meets every two years and adopts resolutions and decisions aimed at building states parties’ capacity and cooperation to achieve the convention’s objectives as well as promoting and reviewing its implementation. It operates under Rules of Procedure adopted by the Conference.
The 10th UNCAC CoSP will take place in Atlanta, Georgia, USA between 11-15 December 2023.
Applying for a USA-entry Visa:
- NGO participants should apply for B1/B2 Visas (combined).
- The application fee should be the same worldwide ($160), but some countries have reciprocity fees that could tack on additional costs if the visa is approved.
- If you must choose between B1or B2 for the DS-160 application form when B1/B2 is not available for whatever reason or for reciprocity fee differences, please choose B1 visa, as that is for business travel (“Traveling for a scientific, educational, professional or business convention, or a conference on specific dates”)
- If you enjoy visa-free travel (eligible through ESTA), you do not need an additional visa for the CoSP. In this case, you should travel through the ESTA like all ESTA-eligible travelers.
- If your ESTA is denied for whatever reason, e.g., travel to a “state sponsor of terrorism” ( Cuba, North Korea, Iran, and Syria), you would then need to apply for a visa to enter the US.
Pre-CoSP CSO briefings:
The UNCAC Coalition hosted a first civil society briefing in February on basic information and advocacy plans for the Conference. Did you miss out? Catch up by watching the event recording below, or by scrolling through the slides.
- UNODC’s general CoSP webpage: https://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/corruption/COSP/conference-of-the-states-parties.html
- UNODC’s guidance note on NGO participation at the CoSP: https://www.unodc.org/documents/treaties/UNCAC/COSP/session8/Guidance_note_participation_of_NGOs_in_COSP_and_subsidiary_bodies.pdf
- More information about the previous CoSP9: https://uncaccoalition.org/uncac-bodies/conference-of-states-parties/cosp9/