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Preparations for the 2nd CoSP to the UNCAC

COSP 2007Vienna, the Austrian capital and headquarters of the UN Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) plays an important role for international cooperaqtion in view of the preparations for the 2nd Conference of the States Parties to the UNCAC , taking place in January 2008 in Indonesia.

On the one hand, the 16th UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (16th CCPCJ) comes together in Vienna from 23 to 27 April 2007 for, inter alia, preparing the 2nd Conference of the States Parties. This meeting, held on the theme of "World crime trends and responses”, will deal with the UNODC’s activities regarding the ratification and implementation of the UNCAC. The Commission’s report on this topic will be forwarded to the Conference of the States Parties.On the other hand, the Group of Friends of the UNCAC, which is engaged in specific anti-corruption matters, continues its preparatory work for the 2nd Conference of the States Parties holding another meeting in the margins of the 16th CCPCJ in Vienna.Pursuant to the resolutions adopted at the 1st Conference of the States Parties in December 2006, the preparatory work concerning topic and content of the Conference of the States Parties shall be carried out by three intergovernmental working groups. These groups will also convene in Vienna at the end of August and the beginning of October 2007 and will deal with asset recovery, the review of implementation, and technical assistance.This wide range of international preparatory work for the 2nd Conference of the States Parties illustrates both the independent character of the field of anti-corruption as well as its cross-cutting nature.

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