Eleventh session of the Implementation Review Group (11th IRG)
Vienna, 29 June – 1 July 2020
The 11th session of the Implementation Review Group (IRG) for the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) will take place from 29 June – 1 July 2020 (originally scheduled for 8 to 10 June 2020). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 11th session will be held in a virtual format.
The thematic focus of the eleventh session of the IRG will be on prevention, as well as criminalisation and law enforcement. The agenda item “Technical assistance” will be postponed to the first resumed eleventh session of the IRG to be held on 31 August and 1 September 2020.
The IRG Briefing for NGOs is a pendant to the main IRG meeting and will take place on 29 June 2020 at 1.15 pm.
The IRG sessions are open to UNCAC signatory states and intergovernmental organisations. Civil society organisations have not been permitted to participate as observers, due to opposition from a small but influential group of countries. This is problematic and inconsistent with international human rights standards, Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals and with transparency and participation standards in the Convention itself.
Instead of including civil society representatives in its meetings, since 2011, the IRG holds a Briefing for non-governmental organisations (NGOs). During this briefing, UNODC provides representatives of civil society organisations with information on the status of the review process and review discussions, and there is also an opportunity for those representatives to ask questions and make presentations on key issues to the government representatives who also attend the meeting.
Written Submissions by NGOs