This report was prepared in order to provide up to date information for the OSCE member States and the Partners for Co-operation regarding the status of the UN Convention on Transnational Organised Crime (UNTOC) and its Protocols
The Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organised Crime [UNTOC] was established in order to assess the implementation of the Convention and its supplementary Protocols. This report is a follow up to the comprehensive SPMU report entitled “Report on the Co-operation Between the OSCE and UNODC to Facilitate the Work of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Convention Against Organised Crime”, that was distributed to the delegations in December 2006.
As the 2006 Report already mentioned, the COP has been urging the States that have ratified the UNTOC to comply with the existing obligations and requirements, no later than June 2007. During 2007, the OSCE and its Strategic Police Matters Unit (SPMU) were very active in dealing with organised crime topics.
This was due to an OSCE Ministerial Council Decision (MC.DEC/5/06) that was adopted in Brussels in December 2006 on organised crime. This Ministerial Decision tasked the Secretary General and the relevant OSCE executive structures with a number of activities. Among these were: highlighting the importance of criminal justice systems, building on and consolidating the existing knowledge and experience on criminal justice and organised crime and supporting and promoting international legal co-operation in criminal matters between participating States.
The decision also tasked “the Secretary General and the ODIHR to brief the participating States regularly and present a joint, written report before the summer recess in 2007, on the implementation of the above-mentioned tasks”.