The 6th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention on Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC) opened on 15th October in Vienna. The progress in international efforts to address transnational organized crime and its impact on development, the rule of law and security are in the spotlight of the meeting.
The agenda includes a range of issues from various forms of organized crime, including new forms such as cybercrime, maritime piracy and trafficking in organs to international cooperation. More than 20 side events will be held throughout the session, including the launch of the Small Arms Survey 2012, a digest of organized crime cases and events on human trafficking, trafficking of migrant workers as well as international cooperation in criminal matters.
The session is expected to consider adopting a review mechanism for the UNTOC similar to the one in place for the UN Convention against Corruption. Countries which have ratified the UNTOC would be monitored on a five year cycle to see how they are fulfilling their obligations under the Convention. The country reports will help to identify the gaps in national laws and practices as well as highlighting the successes and challenged faced by countries in combating transnational organized crime.
The Convention, together with its protocols, forms the legal basis for international cooperation in combating transnational organized crime. So far, 172 States and the European Union have ratified the instrument.
The Delegation of Ukraine to the session includes representatives of General Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Justice and Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the International organizations in Vienna.