Monitoring the implementation of the UN Convention against Corruption
The United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) is the leading international agreement in anti-corruption adopted in 2003. UNCAC obliges member states to establish effective anti-corruption mechanisms. Ukraine ratified the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) in 2006. To monitor the implementation of UNCAC commitments, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime has established a mechanism for mutual evaluation (review) of participating States. It stipulates that two other States review each State Party. The process is divided into two five-year cycles. During the first cycle, the implementation of Chapters III and IV provisions is assessed, and during the second - Chapters II and V. In 2019, the second cycle of evaluation of Ukraine began, which has not yet been completed. International experts from Paraguay and Latvia assess Ukraine’s compliance with Chapter II (Preventive Measures) and Chapter V (Asset Recovery) of UNCAC. To ensure the objectivity of this assessment, the International Coalition of Anti-Corruption Organizations (UNCAC Coalition) has provided for a parallel public assessment of countries. The Institute for Legislative Ideas is preparing a parallel civil society report on Ukraine’s implementation of UNCAC Chapter II.
The Institute of Legislative Ideas started monitoring in June 2021. From now on we:
- Became members of the international coalition of anti-corruption organizations UNCAC Coalition. The coalition has more than 350 members from more than 100 countries. Our think tank is becoming the third organization to represent Ukraine in the coalition, along with Transparency International Ukraine and the Anti-Corruption Action Center.
- Conducted about 60 in-depth interviews with experts, members of the public, civil servants.
- Conducted three comprehensive surveys of journalists, the public, and experts from 21 regions of Ukraine.
- Analyzed about 100 analytical (and not only) studies, etc. In December 2021, the results of our work will be presented at the Conference of UNCAC Member States, in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.
In January 2022, ILI together with NACP will present to the state and the public the report on Ukraine’s implementation of UNCAC. This report inspired us to create a web platform on which we will inform the public and partners about the current state of implementation of the Convention “in real-time”.