The global civil society network for the implementation and monitoring of the

United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC)

The Coalition is growing!

Dear Reader,

Our team at the UNCAC Coalition's Vienna Hub office, which opened last year, has grown in recent months.

From now on, we will provide you with regular updates on issues linked to the UNCAC and its implementation, as well as on other international anti-corruption developments. We will also share news from our membership and relevant upcoming events.  


The first-ever UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) against corruption will take place in June 2021 in New York. It has the potential to shape the global fight against corruption for the coming years. 

Negotiations for the Political Declaration of the UNGASS against corruption take place in Vienna and are ongoing. 

Join our IACC Workshop
To learn more about the UNGASS and discuss expectations for the political declaration, join our high-level session at the International Anti-Corruption Conference entitled: Setting the Anti-Corruption Agenda: Priorities for the UN General Assembly Special Session 2021 on Corruption

Contributions to the UNGASS
The UNCAC Coalition made two submissions to an open consultation process on the UNGASS: one submission covers a wide range of important anti-corruption policies that should be tackled on a global level, and one submission, made jointly with Transparency International, proposes a new framework for asset recovery.

Several other Coalition members, including Access Info Europe, Accountability Lab, ANEEJ, the Civil Forum for Asset Recovery, the Open Contracting Partnership and Transparency International have also made separate contributions. 

Intersessional Meetings to prepare for the UNGASS
Two UNCAC CoSP intersessional meetings in preparation for the UNGASS have taken place in the past couple of months:
  • A recent second meeting focused on asset recovery and denying safe havens. Several UNCAC Coalition members called on delegates to ensure substantive progress in anti-corruption efforts made through the UNGASS. Several speakers highlighted the need to advance public access to central registries of beneficial ownership. Our summary
  • Discussions at the first meeting in September had focused on prevention, criminalisation and law enforcement. Our summary

Recent Developments

The agreement, signed in August, was published as a result of a request under the Irish Freedom of Information Act filed by the UNCAC Coalition. Learn more

The COP of the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime
took place in October and highlighted some links between organized crime and corruption. See our summary here
On 1 September 2020, the NGO briefing took place on the margins of the 11th reconvened session of the UNCAC Implementation Review Group meeting. Learn more
Coalition & UNODC sign MoU
The UNCAC Coalition and UNODC reaffirmed their commitment to cooperate in advancing the anti-corruption agenda around the UNCAC by signing a Memorandum of Understanding. Learn more
Slovakia, Mauritius & Honduras commit to Transparency Pledge
27 States have so far signed the Coalition's Transparency Pledge. Recently, SlovakiaMauritius and Honduras have committed to higher transparency and civil society inclusion in the UNCAC review process. 
The conviction of Rifaat Al-Assad
Laura Rousseau, Coalition Board member and Head of the Illicit Financial Flows program with the NGO Sherpa, shares how her organisation initiated the case that led to the recent conviction of Rifaat Al-Assad in France and the forfeiture of his assets worth some €90 million. Read more


Welcome to our new members!


And a warm welcome also goes to our new individual members Tomás Salcedo Albert and Taher Mohammed Ali Omar!

News from the membership

EXPORTING CORRUPTION REPORT:  Transparency International recently released its latest report on enforcement of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention which shows how well – or poorly – countries are following the rules. Read the report
ASSET RECOVERY: The Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ), along with MANTRA, has been successfully included in the monitoring of the disposition of $311.7 million recovered from the USA. Read the story
Do you have relevant news or a success story relevant to the UNCAC that you would like to see appear in our next newsletter? Send us an email with the subject line "Newsletter" at!

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