The Conference was established with the aim of improving the capacity of States Parties to combat transnational organised crime and to promote and review the implementation of the Convention.
Pursuant to the decisions taken by the Conference at its third session, the Conference is expected to concentrate on key issues regarding review of the implementation of the Convention and its Protocols (the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, the Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Air and Sea and the Protocol against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Their Parts and Components and Ammunition), international cooperation and technical assistance. The Conference is expected to make important decisions on the way forward in all of these issues and also offers an opportunity to policy-makers and practitioners to exchange views on practical matters.
As part of the Conference, expert consultations will be held, in particular on criminalization; international cooperation, with particular emphasis on extradition, mutual legal assistance and international cooperation for the purposes of confiscation; establishment and strengthening of central authorities; implementation of the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organised Crime; Protection of victims and witnesses; travel and identity documents; marking of firearms and keeping records on firearms and trafficking in firearms, their parts and components and ammunition; and identification of competent authorities; and money-laundering.
The Conference will include plenary sessions, working group meetings and side-events.
Governments/organisations are encouraged to ensure an appropriately high level of representation by including in their delegations policy-makers, representatives of central authorities in charge of international cooperation in criminal matters and other experts in the issues to be covered by the Conference.