Anti-Corruption and UNCAC Implementation


The United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC or the Convention) was adopted by the UN General Assembly resolution 58/4 of 31 October 2003 and entered into force on 14 December 2005. It is the first global agreement on measures against corruption, which legally binds States Parties, on an equal footing to implement the convention.
UNCAC is a global standard for fighting corruption and corruption risk mitigation. It encompasses a comprehensive collection of measures and approaches to prevent and combat corruption.  The almost universal adoption of UNCAC by State Parties has confirmed not only that corruption is a globally recognised problem across developed as well as developing countries, but also that Member States are placing anti-corruption firmly on their agendas. UNCAC substantive content is clustered in six main chapters including: prevention, criminalization, law enforcement, international cooperation, asset recovery and technical assistance.

The Mechanism for the Review of Implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption was adopted at the third session of the Conference of State Parties (CoSP) to the UNCAC, held in Doha from 9-13 November 2009, as a body or mechanism to assist the State Parties in the effective implementation of the convention.

Featured Publications

Good Practices in Public Sector Excellence to Prevent Corruption

Good Practices in Public Sector Excellence to Prevent Corruption 2018 “Good Practices in Public Sector Excellence to Prevent Corruption: A Lessons Learned Study in Support of the Implementation of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC)” makes a strong case that the public sector plays a key role in upholding transparency, accountability and integrity, and […]

Partnering in Anti-Corruption Knowledge

  Partnering in Anti-Corruption Knowledge: A Guidance Note for Development Partners November 2013 This Note provides some guidance on what the UNCAC can mean for the work of various development partners and practitioners. The aim is to raise awareness about UNCAC and provide some guidance on how UNCAC could be used as a framework for technical assistance […]

Guidance Note: UNCAC Self-Assessments

  Guidance Note: UNCAC Self-Assessments.  Going Beyond the Minimum October 2010 This Guidance Note provides a methodology for national stakeholders on how to conduct a comprehensive and participatory Self-Assessment of UNCAC implementation.  Based on previous country experiences, every UNCAC Self-Assessment process is expected to provide an opportunity for national dialogue on anti-corruption policies and programmes and further […]