WCO Participates in the UNODC Implementation Review Group and the Working Group on the Prevention of Corruption

30 June 2021

At the invitation of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the WCO participated in the Twelfth Session of the Implementation Review Group and Twelfth Session of the Open-ended Intergovernmental Working Group on the Prevention of Corruption of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), which took place respectively from 14 to 16 June 2021 and 16 to 18 June 2021 in a hybrid format.

Both meetings were chaired by Dr. Harib Saeed Al Amimi, the President of Supreme Audit Institution (SAI) of the United Arab Emirates. The key agenda items of the meetings included strengthening the role of Supreme Audit Institutions in the prevention of and fight against corruption and the role of Parliaments and other legislative bodies in strengthening the implementation of the Convention.  The States Parties also discussed the Performance of the Mechanism for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention, Technical Assistance needs and preventive measures against corruption. The IRG Session featured a panel session on exchange of information, practices and experiences gained in the implementation of the Convention. 

Under the item on “Technical Assistance”, the WCO informed the UNCAC States Parties on preventive measures and efforts of the International Customs Community relating to combating corruption and promotion of integrity in Customs in support of the implementation of the UN Convention against Corruption.  The speaker highlighted the WCO’s holistic approach to anti-corruption and integrity-related technical assistance, which included capacity-building activities, update of a Customs Integrity Assessment methodology in line with the UNODC’ approach to corruption risk assessment and distance-learning modules on anti-corruption to support Members during the pandemic.

The platform of the Implementation Review Group centers on assisting the UNCAC State parties in having an overview of the review process for the purposes of identifying good practices and Members’ challenges as well as to detail technical assistance matters and ensure the effective implementation of the Convention. It also facilitates to the exchange of experiences and information sharing among States Parties. The WG on the Prevention of Corruption was established to advise the Conference on the implementation of its mandate on the prevention of corruption. 

For more details, please, contact capacity.building@wcoomd.org.