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United Nations Convention Against Corruption : Policy Briefing

The United Nations Convention Against Corruption was adopted by the General Assembly on the 31st October 2003.

The UN Convention is the first global legally binding anti-corruption instrument. It is broad in scope covering public and private, domestic and international corruption.

The Conventions aims to:

(a) promote and strengthen measures to prevent and combat corruption more efficiently and effectively;

(b) promote, facilitate and support international cooperation and technical assistance in the prevention of and fight against corruption, including in asset recovery;

(c) promote integrity, accountability and proper management of public affairs and public property.

The Ad Hoc Committee first met in Vienna in January 2002 to start discussions on the design of a new international instrument aimed at stamping out corruption.

Its discussions were based on the first draft of a convention based on proposals from Member States which were discussed at the Informal Preparatory Meeting of the Ad Hoc Committee for the Negotiation of a Convention against Corruption, held in Buenos Aires from 4 to 7 December 2001.

The following lists all references contained in our database that are relevant to this briefing
United Nations web site [1/21/2002] 'First Meeting to Discuss Draft International Convention Against Corruption' by United Nations: [Source ID = 6341]

World Bank Dev News [10/29/2002] 'Firm Faces Fine for Bribery in Lesotho as UN Prepares Convention on Corruption' by World Bank: [Source ID = 7403]

CIOB [4/25/2004] 'Transparency insists on enforcement of bribery conventions' by CIOB: [Source ID = 8833]

Pakistan Press International Information [4/21/2004] 'INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION VITAL TO ELIMINATE CORRUPTION: SPEAKERS' : [Source ID = 8942]

 [4/2/2003] 'INTERNATIONAL LAW STANDARDS FOR DOMESTIC GOVERNANCE' by Nancy Boswell: [Source ID = 8961]

TRANSNATIONAL CORRUPTION; [] 'UN General Assembly Approves UN Convention against Corruption' by Bruce Zagaris: [Source ID = 9087]

The Guardian [10/13/2003] 'Debate: Britain needs to get its international anti-corruption act together:' by Michael Smith:,7369,1061538,00.html [Source ID = 9092]

Pakistan Press International Information Services Limited [4/19/2004] 'NAB (WORLD CONFERENCE ON UN CONVENTION AGAINST CORRUPTIONTODAY)' :,7369,1061538,00.html [Source ID = 12831]


UNICORN is a Global Unions Anti-corruption Network. It is supported by the international trade union bodies: the TUAC (Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD); Public Services International (PSI); and the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU).

UNICORN is financed by the Foundation Open Society Institute