What can Diplomats do to Tackle Transnational Crimes?

Corruption and other transnational crimes are considered significant obstacles to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and other global agendas as they drain resources away from development efforts.

The Doha Declaration, adopted at the 13th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal

Justice in Qatar in 2015, called on Member States to make more effective use of UNTOC, among other

legal instruments, with the involvement of civil society, the private sector and academia.

Pursuant to article 32 of the Organized Crime Convention, a Conference of the Parties to the Convention (COP-UNTOC) was established to improve the capacity of its Parties to respond to transnational organized crime and promote the implementation of the Convention. At the 9th session of the COP-UNTOC, a Review Mechanism for the Implementation of the Convention (henceforth “Review Mechanism”) was adopted by COP-UNTOC resolution 9/1.2 In paragraph 53 of the Procedures and Rules for the Functioning of the Mechanism for the Review of the Implementation of the United Nations Convention against Transnational

Organized Crime and the Protocols thereto (henceforth “Procedures and Rules of the Review Mechanism”), the Parties to the Convention reaffirmed that non-governmental stakeholders play a crucial role incountering transnational organized crime and expressed their commitment to promote “constructive dialogue” with them.

Public iplomats play crucial role in the global fight against these phenomena.

Negotiating and facilitating cooperation on implementing the SDG 16 and various international agreements, such as UNCAC and UNTOC, is increasing in importance as the UN Member States recognize that corruption and transnational crimes can only be tackled effectively together on a global scale.

To this end, CST held a Needs Assessment Workshop on 14 October 2019 to assess the current level of knowledge and capacity needs of non-governmental stakeholders.4 In conclusion of the Workshop several recommendations were developed to guide the way forward towards a more effective implementation of the Organized Crime Convention and its Protocols. These recommendations informed the content of the Toolkit.

INSTITUT DE DIPLOMATIE PUBLIQUE as an active organization focused on the issues of international anti-corruption and crime prevention initiatives through diplomacy, stands ready to assist in providing information that will help the Government to fully complete its self-assessment questionnaire.


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