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United Nations   
CAC/COSP/2015/1
Conference of the States Parties   Distr.: General 
to the United Nations 
19 August 2015 
 
  Convention against Corruption Original: English 
 
Sixth session 
 
  
St. Petersburg, Russian Federation, 2-6 November 2015 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  Provisional agenda and annotations 
 
 
  
Provisional 
agenda 
 
 
1. 
Organizational matters: 
 
(a)  Opening of the sixth session of the Conference; 
 (b) 
Election 
of 
officers; 
 
(c)  Adoption of the agenda and organization of work; 
 (d) 
Participation 
of 
observers; 
 
(e)  Adoption of the report of the bureau on credentials; 
 (f) 
General 
discussion. 
2. 
Review of the implementation of the United Nations Convention against 
Corruption. 
3. 
Technical assistance. 
4. 
Prevention. 
5. 
Asset recovery. 
6. 
International cooperation. 
7. 
Implementation of article 63, paragraph 4 (c), of the Convention, including 
discussion on cooperation with relevant international and regional 
organizations and mechanisms and non-governmental organizations. 
8. 
Other matters. 
9. 
Provisional agenda for the seventh session. 
10.  Adoption of the report. 
 
 
 
 
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Annotations 
 
 
 1. 
Organizational 
matters 
 
 
(a)  Opening of the sixth session  
 
By its resolution 58/4, the General Assembly adopted the United Nations Convention 
against Corruption, article 63 of which establishes a Conference of the States Parties to 
the Convention to improve the capacity of and cooperation between States parties to 
achieve the objectives set forth in the Convention and to promote and review its 
implementation. Pursuant to paragraph 2 of that article, the first session of the 
Conference was held in Amman from 10 to 14 December 2006. In accordance with  
rule 3, paragraph 2, of the rules of procedure for the Conference, adopted at its  
first session, the second regular session was to be held within one year after the  
first session. Pursuant to Conference decision 1/1, the second session was held in 
Nusa Dua, Indonesia, from 28 January to 1 February 2008. Pursuant to Conference 
decision 2/1, the third session was held in Doha from 9 to 13 November 2009. 
Pursuant to Conference decision 3/1, the fourth session was held in Marrakech, 
Morocco, from 24 to 28 October 2011. Also pursuant to Conference decision 3/1, 
the fifth session was held in Panama City from 25 to 29 November 2013. 
In its decision 4/1, the Conference, recalling General Assembly resolution 47/202 A, on 
the pattern of conferences, taking into consideration rule 3, paragraph 2, and rule 6 of its 
rules of procedure, and welcoming the offer by the Government of the Russian 
Federation to act as host to the sixth session of the Conference, decided that its  
sixth session would be held in the Russian Federation in 2015. 
The sixth session of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations 
Convention against Corruption will be opened on Monday, 2 November 2015, at  
10 a.m. at the Lenexpo Exhibition Complex in St. Petersburg. 
 
 
(b)  Election of officers  
 
In accordance with rule 22 of the rules of procedure for the Conference, at the 
opening of each session a President, three Vice-Presidents and a Rapporteur shall be 
elected from among the representatives of the States parties present at the session. 
In accordance with the same rule, the President, the Vice-Presidents and the 
Rapporteur shall serve as the officers of the Conference at each session. In electing 
the officers of the session, each of the five regional groups shall be represented by 
one officer. The offices of the President and the Rapporteur of the Conference shall 
normally be subject to rotation among the five regional groups. 
In accordance with standard practice established for conferences held away from 
United Nations Headquarters at the invitation of a Government, the President is 
normally a representative of the host Government. The Conference followed that 
practice at its first, second, third, fourth and fifth sessions, at which the 
representatives of Jordan, Indonesia, Qatar, Morocco and Panama, respectively, 
were elected President. Should the Conference decide to follow that practice at its 
sixth session, the representative of the Russian Federation would be elected 
President of the Conference and the African Group of States would be expected to 
nominate the Rapporteur. Should the Conference, however, decide to follow rule 22 
of its rules of procedure, the African Group of States would be expected to nominate 
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the President and the Group of Eastern European States would be expected to 
nominate the Rapporteur. 
Regional groups are urged to engage in consultations on the nomination of 
candidates to fill the elective offices well in advance of the beginning of the session, 
with a view to agreeing on a slate of candidates whose number is equal to the 
number of offices to be filled, thus allowing all officers of the Conference at its 
sixth session to be elected by acclamation and dispensing with the requirement for a 
secret ballot. 
 
 
(c)  Adoption of the agenda and organization of work  
 
At its fifth session, the Conference held a discussion on the draft provisional agenda 
for its sixth session. As the discussions were not conclusive, the Conference did not 
adopt the provisional agenda for the sixth session at the closing of its fifth session. 
At the initiative of the Russian Federation, informal consultations on the provisional 
agenda for the sixth session were convened in Vienna. Following those informal 
negotiations, consensus on the present provisional agenda was reached on 25 June 2015.  
The proposed organization of work was prepared by the secretariat in accordance 
with rule 8 of the rules of procedure for the Conference. 
The organization of work is intended to facilitate consideration of the agenda items 
within the time and resources available to the Conference. The resources available 
to the Conference at its sixth session will permit the holding of parallel meetings 
with simultaneous interpretation in the six official languages of the United Nations. 
The Conference will thus be able to hold a total of 18 meetings with simultaneous 
interpretation. 
 
 
(d)  Participation of observers  
 
Rule 14 of the rules of procedure for the Conference provides that, subject to prior 
written notification to the Secretary-General, any State or regional economic 
integration organization signatory to the Convention shall, in accordance with its 
article 67, paragraphs 1 and 2, be entitled to participate as an observer in the 
Conference, and may accordingly take part in its deliberations. 
Rule 15 of the rules of procedure provides that any State or regional economic 
integration organization that has not signed the Convention in accordance with its 
article 67, paragraphs 1 and 2, may apply to the bureau for observer status, which 
shall be accorded unless otherwise decided by the Conference. 
Rule 16 of the rules of procedure provides that, subject to prior written notification to 
the Secretary-General, the following shall be entitled to participate as observers in the 
deliberations of the Conference: representatives of entities and organizations that have 
received a standing invitation from the General Assembly to participate as observers 
in the sessions and work of all international conferences convened under its auspices, 
representatives of United Nations bodies, specialized agencies and funds, as well as 
representatives of functional commissions of the Economic and Social Council. 
Rule 17 of the rules of procedure provides that relevant non-governmental organizations 
having consultative status with the Economic and Social Council may apply to the 
bureau for observer status, which should be accorded unless otherwise decided by the 
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Conference. Other relevant non-governmental organizations may also apply to the 
bureau for observer status. The secretariat shall circulate as a document a list of such 
organizations with sufficient information at least 30 days prior to the session of the 
Conference. If there is no objection to a non-governmental organization being granted 
observer status, such status should be accorded unless otherwise decided by the 
Conference. If there is an objection, the matter will be referred to the Conference 
for a decision. 
 
 
(e)  Adoption of the report of the bureau on credentials  
 
Rule 19 of the rules of procedure provides that the bureau of any session shall 
examine the credentials and submit its report to the Conference. Rule 20 provides 
that, pending a decision of the bureau upon their credentials, representatives shall be 
entitled to participate provisionally in the session. Any representative of a State 
party to whose admission another State party has made objection shall be seated 
provisionally with the same rights as other representatives of States parties until the 
bureau has reported and the Conference has taken its decision. 
 
 (f) 
General 
discussion 
 
 
A sub-item entitled “General discussion” is included in the agenda to allow time for 
high-level representatives to make statements on matters of a general nature that are 
related to the implementation of the Convention. The secretariat proposes that the 
general discussion of the Conference be held at the beginning of its session to 
provide high-level representatives with an opportunity to express their views and set 
out the political direction for the Conference. Such organization of the session’s 
work would also allow more focused and interactive exchanges to take place under 
the substantive items of the agenda. 
A list of speakers will be opened by the secretariat on 2 October 2015 and will 
remain open until noon on 2 November 2015. Requests for inscription on the list 
will be honoured on a “first come, first served” basis, on the understanding that 
priority will be given to representatives of ministerial or similar rank. Speakers are 
requested to limit their statements to five minutes.  
 
 
2.  Review of the implementation of the United Nations Convention against 
Corruption  
 
Pursuant to article 63, paragraph 5, of the Convention, the Conference is to acquire 
the necessary knowledge of the measures taken by States parties in implementing 
the Convention — and the difficulties encountered by them in doing so — through 
information provided by them and through such supplemental review mechanisms 
as may be established by the Conference.  
In its resolution 1/1, adopted at its first session, the Conference agreed that it was 
necessary to establish an appropriate mechanism to assist it in reviewing the 
implementation of the Convention, and established an open-ended 
intergovernmental expert working group to make recommendations to it. In the 
same resolution, the Conference underlined the characteristics that the review 
mechanism should have.  
In its resolution 2/1, the Conference set out additional principles that the review 
mechanism should reflect and tasked the Open-ended Intergovernmental Working 
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Group on Review of the Implementation of the Convention with preparing terms of 
reference for a review mechanism for consideration, action and possible adoption by 
the Conference at its third session.  
At its third session, held in Doha from 9 to 13 November 2009, the Conference 
adopted resolution 3/1, establishing the Mechanism for the Review of 
Implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption, in accordance 
with article 63, paragraph 7, of the Convention. The annex to resolution 3/1 contains 
the terms of reference of the Mechanism, as well as the draft guidelines for 
governmental experts and the secretariat in the conduct of country reviews and the 
draft blueprint for country review reports.  
In its resolution 3/1, the Conference established the Implementation Review Group, 
the functions of which would be to have an overview of the review process in order 
to identify challenges and good practices and to consider technical assistance 
requirements in order to ensure the effective implementation of the Convention. On 
the basis of its deliberations, the Group is to submit recommendations and 
conclusions to the Conference for its consideration and approval.  
The Conference also decided that each implementation review phase would  
be composed of two review cycles, each of five years, and that one fourth of  
the States parties would be reviewed in each of the first four years of each review 
cycle. In the same resolution, the Conference also decided to review during the  
first cycle the implementation of chapters III (Criminalization and law enforcement) 
and IV (International cooperation) of the Convention and, during the second cycle, 
the implementation of chapters II (Preventive measures) and V (Asset recovery). 
At its fourth session, held in Marrakech, Morocco, from 24 to 28 October 2011, the 
Conference adopted resolution 4/1, entitled “Mechanism for the Review of 
Implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption”. In that 
resolution, the Conference endorsed the guidelines for governmental experts and the 
secretariat in the conduct of country reviews and the blueprint for country review 
reports, which had been finalized by the Implementation Review Group at its first 
session. 
In its decision 5/1, entitled “Mechanism for the Review of Implementation of the 
United Nations Convention against Corruption”, the Conference decided that the 
Implementation Review Group should begin promptly to collect, with the support of 
the secretariat, and discuss relevant information to facilitate the assessment of 
performance in accordance with paragraph 48 of the terms of reference, following 
the completion of the first review cycle, and that the Group should include in its 
future sessions an agenda item allowing for the discussion of such information; and 
that the Group, in the collection of information pursuant to paragraph (a) above, 
shall take into account future requirements for follow-up in accordance with 
paragraphs 40 and 41 of the terms of reference. 
Pursuant to paragraph 35 of the terms of reference of the Review Mechanism, the 
secretariat is to compile the most common and relevant information on successes, 
good practices, challenges, observations and technical assistance needs contained in 
the country review reports and to include them, organized by theme, in a thematic 
implementation report and regional supplementary addenda, for submission to the 
Implementation Review Group.  
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Taking note of the thematic reports on the implementation of chapters III and IV of 
the Convention prepared by the secretariat in its resolution 4/1, the Conference 
invited States parties to be guided, bearing in mind paragraph 8 of the terms of 
reference, by the experience being accumulated through those reports in their efforts 
to implement their obligations under the Convention. 
On the basis of the reviews completed by the time of reporting, the secretariat is 
making available to the Conference a consolidated analytical study entitled State of 
Implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption: 
Criminalization, Law Enforcement and International Cooperation
 and will submit 
to the Conference a summary of the state of implementation of the Convention 
(CAC/COSP/2015/5).  
The Implementation Review Group has held the following meetings: first session from 
28 June to 2 July 2010; resumed first session from 29 November to 1 December 2010; 
second session from 30 May to 2 June 2011; resumed second session from 7 to  
9 September 2011; continued resumed second session on 25 October 2011, on the 
margins of the fourth session of the Conference, held in Marrakech, Morocco;  
third session from 18 to 22 June 2012; resumed third session from 14 to  
16 November 2012; fourth session from 27 to 31 May 2013; resumed fourth session 
on 26 and 27 November 2013, on the margins of the fifth session of the Conference, 
held in Panama City; fifth session from 2 to 6 June 2014; resumed fifth session from 
13 to 15 October 2014; and sixth session from 1 to 5 June 2015. All sessions were 
held in Vienna, unless indicated otherwise. The resumed sixth session of the Group 
will be held during the sixth session of the Conference in St. Petersburg, Russian 
Federation.  
Building on the background documents and discussions held during the meetings of 
the Implementation Review Group, the secretariat has prepared a background paper, 
for consideration by the Conference, containing an assessment of the performance 
of the Mechanism.  
Further, the secretariat has prepared a draft revised self-assessment checklist for the 
review of chapters II and V of the Convention, contained in the conference room paper 
entitled “Revised self-assessment checklist for the second cycle of the Implementation 
Review Mechanism: draft for discussion” (CAC/COSP/IRG/2015/CRP.1). In its 
resolution 3/1, the Conference underlined that the Mechanism would require a budget 
that ensured its efficient, continued and impartial functioning.  
In its resolution 4/1, the Conference endorsed resolution 1/1, adopted by the 
Implementation Review Group on the resource requirements for the functioning of 
the Implementation Review Mechanism in the biennium 2012-2013. Budgetary 
information on expenditure incurred so far for the first to fifth years of operation of 
the Implementation Review Mechanism, as well as revised estimates for the second, 
third, fourth and fifth years of operation of the Mechanism and resources received, 
both from the regular budget and from voluntary contributions, was submitted to the 
Implementation Review Group.  
The Conference may wish to base its deliberations on the information contained in 
the note prepared by the Secretariat on financial and budgetary matters 
(CAC/COSP/2015/7), as well as on the note by the Secretariat on projected costs for 
the functioning of the second cycle of the Mechanism for the Review of 
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Implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption 
(CAC/COSP/IRG/2015/CRP.6).  
 
  
Documentation 
 
Summary of the state of implementation of the United Nations Convention against 
Corruption: criminalization, law enforcement and international cooperation 
(CAC/COSP/2015/5) 
Note by the Secretariat on the assessment of the performance of the Mechanism for 
the Review of Implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption 
(CAC/COSP/2015/6) 
Note by the Secretariat on financial and budgetary matters (CAC/COSP/2015/7) 
 
 3. 
Technical 
assistance 
 
In its resolution 3/1, the Conference decided that the Implementation Review Group 
was to follow up and continue the work previously undertaken by the Open-ended 
Intergovernmental Working Group on Technical Assistance. In accordance with that 
resolution, technical assistance is an integral component of the Review Mechanism. 
One goal of the review process is thus to help States parties to identify and 
substantiate specific needs for technical assistance and to promote and facilitate the 
provision of technical assistance. The Conference, in its resolution 3/4, endorsed 
country-led and country-based, integrated and coordinated technical assistance 
delivery as an effective vehicle for the further implementation of the Convention, 
and encouraged donors and other assistance providers to incorporate those concepts 
and capacity-building into their technical assistance programmes. 
The Conference will have before it a note by the Secretariat on technical assistance 
in support of the implementation of the Convention (CAC/COSP/2015/2). The 
background paper is intended to provide a brief overview of technical assistance 
delivered and to give a preview of the technical assistance activities that the United 
Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is planning to implement in the near 
future, some of them in close cooperation with bilateral and multilateral partners as 
has been recommended by the Implementation Review Group. 
At its second session, the Implementation Review Group took into account that, 
pursuant to paragraph 11 of the terms of reference, one of the goals of the Review 
Mechanism was to help States parties to identify and substantiate specific needs for 
technical assistance and to promote and facilitate the provision of technical 
assistance. The Group adopted recommendations in furtherance of that mandate, 
which were endorsed by the Conference at its fourth session, in its resolution 4/1. 
The Conference repeatedly recognized the continuing and valuable role of technical 
assistance within the Review Mechanism, as well as the importance of country-led 
and country-based, integrated and coordinated programming and delivery of 
technical assistance as an effective means of addressing the technical assistance 
needs of States parties. In its resolution 4/1, the Conference requested the secretariat 
to continue to develop a three-tiered approach: global, regional and national. The 
note by the Secretariat (CAC/COSP/2015/4) contains consolidated information and 
analysis of needs emerging from the review process and priority areas in technical 
assistance, identified by States under review during the review process. 
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Documentation 
 
Note by the Secretariat on technical assistance in support of the implementation of 
the United Nations Convention against Corruption (CAC/COSP/2015/2) 
Note by the Secretariat on analysis of technical assistance needs emerging from the 
country reviews (CAC/COSP/2015/4)  
 
 4. 
Prevention 
 
The Conference, at its third, fourth and fifth sessions, emphasized the central 
importance of preventive measures in the fight against corruption and adopted 
Conference resolutions 3/2, 4/3 and 5/4 on the subject of prevention of corruption.  
In its resolution 3/2, the Conference, at its third session, established the Open-ended 
Intergovernmental Working Group on the Prevention of Corruption and mandated it 
to assist the Conference in, inter alia: (a) developing and accumulating knowledge 
in the area of prevention of corruption; (b) facilitating the exchange of information 
and experience among States on preventive measures and practices; (c) facilitating 
the collection, dissemination and promotion of best practices in the prevention of 
corruption; and (d) assisting the Conference in encouraging cooperation among all 
stakeholders and sectors of society in order to prevent corruption. 
At its fourth session, the Conference adopted resolution 4/3, entitled “Marrakech 
declaration on the prevention of corruption”, and building on that resolution, 
adopted at its fifth session resolution 5/4, entitled “Follow-up to the Marrakech 
declaration on the prevention of corruption”. In those resolutions, the Conference 
decided that the Open-ended Intergovernmental Working Group on the Prevention 
of Corruption would continue its work of advising and assisting the Conference in 
the implementation of its mandate on the prevention of corruption and would hold at 
least two meetings prior to the next session of the Conference.  
Pursuant to Conference resolutions 3/2, 4/3 and 5/4, the Working Group has held  
six meetings. As at the Working Group’s fifth meeting, held in Vienna from 8 to  
10 September 2014, at the Working Group’s meeting to be held from 31 August to  
2 September 2015, the Working Group is to discuss the following topics as set out in 
its multi-year workplan: mandates of an anti-corruption body or bodies in respect of 
prevention; public sector legislative and administrative measures, including 
measures to enhance transparency in the funding of candidatures for elected public 
office and, where applicable, the funding of political parties; measures to prevent 
money-laundering; and integrity in public procurement processes and transparency 
and accountability in the management of public finances. The Conference may wish 
to consider the discussions and recommendations made by the Working Group at its 
fifth and sixth meetings, which are contained in the reports of the Secretariat 
(CAC/COSP/WG.4/2014/5 and CAC/COSP/WG.4/2015/4). 
In its resolution 5/4 the Conference also underlined the importance of building 
legislative and institutional frameworks consistent with the requirements of 
 
chapter II of the Convention. More specifically, the Conference called upon States 
parties, inter alia, to devote special attention to strengthening integrity across the 
entire criminal justice system; promote training and education at all levels of the 
public sector and, where appropriate, of the private sector in the prevention of 
corruption; and to promote the participation of individuals and groups outside the 
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public sector, such as civil society, non-governmental organizations and community-
based organizations, in the prevention of corruption; and ensure that their public 
service is aligned with the principles outlined in the Convention. 
Additionally, the Conference requested the secretariat, inter alia, to perform the 
functions of an international observatory, gathering existing information on good 
practices in preventing corruption; provide technical assistance to States parties, 
upon request, with a view to advancing the implementation of chapter II, including 
in preparing for participation in the review process for chapter II; and continue to 
take forward a number of existing initiatives in the field of prevention, including by 
promoting awareness of the principles of the Convention among the business and 
academic communities. 
The Conference adopted two further resolutions relating to prevention. In its 
resolution 5/5, entitled “Promotion of the contribution of young people and children 
in preventing corruption and fostering a culture of respect for the law and integrity”, 
the Conference encouraged States to promote educational programmes and make 
other efforts to foster a culture that promotes respect for the law and integrity, to 
share experiences on those efforts, and to promote partnerships with the education 
sector. In its resolution 5/6, entitled “Private sector”, the Conference urged States, 
among other prevention measures, to raise awareness within the whole private 
sector on the need to establish and implement appropriate anti-corruption ethics and 
compliance programmes; promote the engagement of the business community in the 
prevention of corruption; and foster increased dialogue and cooperation between the 
public and the private sector in anti-corruption efforts. 
 
  
Documentation 
 
Report of the Secretariat on the status of implementation of Conference 
 
resolution 5/4, entitled “Follow-up to the Marrakech declaration on the prevention 
of corruption” (CAC/COSP/2015/8) 
Report of the Secretariat on the status of implementation of Conference 
 
resolution 5/6, entitled “Private sector” (CAC/COSP/2015/9) 
Report on the meeting of the Working Group on the Prevention of Corruption held 
in Vienna from 8 to 10 September 2014 (CAC/COSP/WG.4/2014/5) 
Report on the meeting of the Working Group on the Prevention of Corruption held 
in Vienna from 31 August to 2 September 2015 (CAC/COSP/WG.4/2015/4)  
 
 5. 
Asset 
recovery 
 
Asset recovery was an issue of high priority for the Conference at its previous 
sessions. In its resolution 1/4, the Conference decided to establish an interim  
open-ended intergovernmental working group to advise and assist it in the 
implementation of its mandate on the return of proceeds of corruption. 
The Open-ended Intergovernmental Working Group on Asset Recovery was 
mandated to assist the Conference in, inter alia, developing cumulative knowledge 
in the area of asset recovery, encouraging cooperation, facilitating exchange of 
information and identifying the capacity-building needs of States parties in that 
area. 
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In its resolution 2/3, the Conference decided that the Working Group should 
continue its work with a view to identifying ways and means of translating into 
concrete action the recommendations of its first meeting, held on 27 and 28 August 
2007. In its resolutions 3/3, 4/4 and 5/3, the Conference renewed the mandate of the 
Working Group and decided that it should continue its work of advising and 
assisting the Conference in the implementation of its mandate on the return of the 
proceeds of corruption, and that it should also submit reports on its activities to the 
Conference. Pursuant to resolution 5/3, two meetings of the Working Group were 
held in Vienna, on 11 and 12 September 2014 and on 3 and 4 September 2015.  
The Conference may wish to devote attention to the debates within the Working 
Group and the outcome of its meetings. At its sixth meeting, held on 30 and  
31 August  2012, the Working Group adopted a multi-year workplan aimed at 
preparing States for the review of the implementation of chapter V of the 
Convention during the second review cycle. Pursuant to that workplan, at its  
eighth meeting, the Working Group held a thematic discussion on article 52 
(Prevention and detection of transfers of proceeds of crime) and article 53 
(Measures for direct recovery of property). At its ninth meeting, the Working Group 
is to hold a thematic discussion on article 57 (Return and disposal of assets). The 
Working Group also held discussions on advancing practical aspects of asset 
recovery, including challenges and good practices, as well as on updates on and 
developments relating to thematic discussions at its sixth meeting, and on  
capacity-building and technical assistance. 
 
  
Documentation 
 
Progress report on the implementation of the mandates of the Working Group on 
Asset Recovery (CAC/COSP/2015/3) 
Report on the meeting of the Working Group on Asset Recovery held in Vienna  
on 11 and 12 September 2014 (CAC/COSP/WG.2/2014/4) 
Report on the meeting of the Working Group on Asset Recovery held in Vienna  
on 3 and 4 September 2015 (CAC/COSP/WG.2/2015/4) 
 
 
6.  International cooperation  
 
At its fourth session, the Conference adopted resolution 4/2, entitled “Convening of 
open-ended intergovernmental expert meetings to enhance international 
cooperation”. In that resolution, the Conference decided to convene open-ended 
intergovernmental expert meetings on international cooperation to advise and assist 
it with respect to extradition and mutual legal assistance.  
In the same resolution, the Conference also decided that the expert meetings should 
perform the following functions: (a) assist it in developing cumulative knowledge in 
the area of international cooperation; (b) assist it in encouraging cooperation among 
relevant existing bilateral, regional and multilateral initiatives and contribute to the 
implementation of the related provisions of the Convention under the guidance of 
the Conference; (c) facilitate the exchange of experiences among States by 
identifying challenges and disseminating information on good practices to be 
followed in order to strengthen capacities at the national level; (d) build confidence 
and encourage cooperation between requesting and requested States by bringing 
together relevant competent authorities, anti-corruption bodies and practitioners 
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involved in mutual legal assistance and extradition; and (e) assist the Conference in 
identifying the capacity-building needs of States. 
In accordance with its resolution 5/1, the Conference decided that, in order to ensure 
the effective use of resources, on a provisional basis and without prejudice to their 
independent status and mandates, the third open-ended intergovernmental meeting 
of experts on international cooperation under the United Nations Convention against 
Corruption shall be held back to back with the corresponding Working Group on 
International Cooperation under the United Nations Convention against 
Transnational Organized Crime when feasible, at separate times and at the same 
venue, and that the subsequent open-ended intergovernmental meeting of experts 
shall be held at the sixth session of the Conference. 
The third meeting of experts convened to enhance international cooperation under 
the United Nations Convention against Corruption was held in Vienna on 9 and  
10 October 2014.  
The meeting of experts recommended the organization of regular meetings for 
central and other competent authorities of States parties and signatories to the 
Convention, under the aegis of the meetings of experts convened to enhance 
international cooperation under the Convention, to facilitate the exchange of 
experience and information for better implementation of chapter IV of the 
Convention. The meeting of experts recommended that the secretariat continue to 
compile information from States parties on international cooperation in civil and 
administrative proceedings for the detection of corruption offences, with a view to 
presenting a report on this issue during the sixth session of the Conference, pursuant 
to Conference resolution 5/1, and recommended that tools that facilitate the 
compilation and analysis of such information, including the template presented in 
conference room paper CAC/COSP/IRG/2014/CRP.5, be used in this regard. 
The meeting underlined the importance of further efforts to enhance the operational 
capacity of central or other competent authorities involved in international 
cooperation in criminal matters, including their specialized knowledge on financial 
crimes and corruption, with a view to strengthening their efficiency in dealing with 
requests and challenges encountered. 
The meeting also recommended that the secretariat continue to provide advisory 
services and technical assistance to respond effectively to the needs of States parties 
in fully implementing chapter IV of the Convention, on the basis of challenges and 
deficiencies identified through the Mechanism for the Review of Implementation 
and/or as follow-up to requests of national authorities. 
The meeting further recommended that States parties to the Convention share 
information at the fourth expert meeting on international cooperation concerning 
ways to best identify beneficial owners of legal persons. 
The fourth meeting of experts convened to enhance international cooperation under 
the United Nations Convention against Corruption will be opened on Monday,  
2 November 2015, at 3 p.m., during the sixth session of the Conference.  
 
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Documentation 
 
Note by the Secretariat on international cooperation in civil and administrative 
proceedings for the detection of offences established in accordance with the United 
Nations Convention against Corruption (CAC/COSP/EG.1/2015/2) 
Report of the third open-ended intergovernmental expert meeting to enhance 
international cooperation under the United Nations Convention against Corruption, 
held in Vienna on 9 and 10 October 2014 (CAC/COSP/EG.1/2014/3) 
 
 
7.  Implementation of article 63, paragraph 4 (c), of the Convention, including 
discussion on cooperation with relevant international and regional organizations 
and mechanisms and non-governmental organizations 
 
The General Assembly, in its resolution 69/199, invited the Conference of the States 
Parties to the Convention to give due consideration to the implementation of  
article 63, paragraph 4 (c), of the Convention. Article 63, paragraph 4 states that the 
Conference shall agree upon activities, procedures and methods of work to achieve 
the objectives set forth in paragraph 1 of that article, including by cooperating  
with relevant international and regional organizations and mechanisms and 
 
non-governmental organizations. 
 
 8. 
Other 
matters 
 
In considering item 8 of the agenda, the Conference may wish to review progress 
made in the further promotion of the ratification of or accession to the Convention, 
in order to increase the number of parties thereto and thus contribute to universal 
adherence to the instrument. Information on the status of ratification and 
notifications of the United Nations Convention against Corruption will be made 
available in a conference room paper. 
With regard to notification requirements under the Convention, the Conference may 
wish to consider how best to ensure the availability of the up-to-date information 
required in accordance with article 6, paragraph 3; article 23, paragraph 2 (d); 
article 44, paragraph 6 (a); article 46, paragraphs 13 and 14; article 55, paragraph 5; 
and article 66, paragraph 4, of the Convention. Information on the authorities 
designated for assistance in prevention, mutual legal assistance and asset recovery 
will be made available in a conference room paper. 
For its consideration of the item, the Conference will have before it a conference 
room paper on the status of ratification of the United Nations Convention  
against Corruption as at 15 October 2015 (CAC/COSP/2015/CRP.1) and a 
conference room paper containing the authorities designated for assistance in 
prevention, mutual legal assistance and asset recovery as at 15 October 2015 
(CAC/COSP/2015/CRP.2). 
 
 
9.  Provisional agenda for the seventh session 
 
The Conference is to consider and approve the provisional agenda for its  
seventh session, which will be drawn up by the secretariat in consultation with the 
bureau. 
 
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10.  Adoption of the report 
 
The Conference is to adopt the report on its sixth session, which will be drafted by 
the Rapporteur. 
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Annex 
 
 
 
  Proposed organization of work of the sixth session of the 
Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations 
Convention against Corruption, to be held in St. Petersburg, 
Russian Federation, from 2 to 6 November 2015 
 
 
Date 
Time 
Item 
Title or description 
Title or description 
Monday,  
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
1 (a) 
Opening of the session 
 
2 November   
1 (b) 
Election of officers 
 
 
 
1 (c) 
Adoption of the agenda and organization 
 
of work 
 
 
1 (d) 
Participation of observers  
 
 
 
1 (e) 
Adoption of the report of the bureau on 
 
credentials 
   1 
(f) 
General 
discussion 
 
 
3-6 p.m. 
1 (f) 
General discussion (continued
Experts convened to enhance 
international cooperation 
Tuesday,  
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
1 (f) 
General discussion (continued
Experts convened to enhance 
3 November 
international cooperation 
(continued
 
3-6 p.m. 

Prevention  
Resumed sixth session of the 
Implementation Review Group 
Wednesday,   10 a.m.-1 p.m.
5 and 6  Asset recovery and international 
Resumed sixth session of the 
4 November 
cooperation 
Implementation Review Group 
(continued
 
3-6 p.m. 
2 and 3  Review of implementation of the 
Informal consultations 
Convention; technical assistance 
Thursday,  
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
2 and 3  Review of implementation of the 
Informal consultations 
5 November 
Convention; technical assistance 
(continued
 
3-6 p.m. 

Implementation of article 63,  
Informal consultations  
paragraph 4(c) of the Convention, 
including discussion on cooperation with 
relevant international and regional 
organizations and mechanisms and non-
governmental organizations 
Friday,  
10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Implementation of article 63,  
Informal consultations 
6 November 
paragraph 4(c) of the Convention, 
including discussion on cooperation with 
relevant international and regional 
organizations and mechanisms and non-
governmental organizations (continued
   8 
Other 
matters 
 
 
 

Provisional agenda for the  
 
seventh session 
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Date 
Time 
Item 
Title or description 
Title or description 
 
3-6 p.m. 
2, 3, 4,  Consideration and adoption of 
 
5, 6 
resolutions and decisions  
and 7 
 
 
10 
Consideration and adoption of the report  
 
 
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