Background and Mandates
The Working Group on Asset Recovery was established by the Conference of the States Parties through its adoption of resolution 1/4 entitled
'Establishment of an intergovernmental working group on asset recovery'. In this resolution, the Conference of the States
Parties established an open-ended intergovernmental working group in accordance with Article 63, paragraph 4 of UNCAC, together
with rule 2 paragraph 2 of the rules of procedure of the Conference.
In the same resolution, the Conference established the functions of the Working Group to include assisting the
Conference in accumulating cumulative knowledge in the area of asset recovery, facilitating the exchange
of information, providing good practices and ideas to States and encouraging cooperation
between requesting and requested States.
In its resolutions 2/3, 3/3, 4/4, and 5/3 the Conference of the States Parties decided that the Working Group should continue
its deliberations with a view to further developing cumulative knowledge in the area of asset recovery and to share best practices
in this area. Between 2012 and 2015 the Working Group focused on a multi-year workplan
which was adopted during its Sixth session. In its resolution 6/2 the Conference of the States Parties directed the Working
Group to focus on best practices for identifying victims of corruption and the parameters for compensation; identifying best
practices and developing guidelines for proactive and timely sharing of information to enable States parties to take appropriate
action, in accordance with article 56 of the Convention; and collect information, with the support of the Secretariat, regarding
State parties' use of settlements and other alternative mechanisms.
Furthermore, in order to implement action according to Chapter V of UNCAC, the Conference of the States Parties has renewed
its commitment to effective action on international cooperation in order to contribute to the successful recovery of the proceeds