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The UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime is 20

Twentieth anniversary of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime


Help us
mark this milestone throughout 2020, and join us to #LeaveNoOneBehind.

Learn about the crimes established in the Convention and its Protocols and what tools these instruments offer in the fight against organized crime.

See how UNTOC provides tools to States parties to hold criminals accountable and has a direct impact on peoples' lives.

Hear how peace and justice matter in the lives of thousands across the globe.

about untoc

The United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC) was adopted in 2000 to promote cooperation to prevent and combat transnational organized crime more effectively.

UNTOC is supplemented by three Protocols against Trafficking in Persons, Smuggling of Migrants and Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms respectively.

For more information about the convention, please click here.

What is UNTOC and why is it important?

The United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime is the only global legally binding instrument against transnational organized crime with 190 parties.

As the guardian of the implementation of UNTOC, UNODC  has a vital role to play in assisting States in translating their commitments into actions.

Through UNTOC and assistance to States parties to implement it, UNODC can help protect countless victims.

UNTOC has set up standards to assist parties in adopting legislation to establish criminal offences. It also establishes frameworks for mutual legal assistance and extradition, and foster law enforcement cooperation.

UNODC has prepared a publication entitled “UNTOC at 20” containing further information on the Convention and Conference of the Parties, available here.

How can we celebrate UNTOC's 20th anniversary?

Check this page for news, stories, events, activities and actions you can take throughout the year.

Share these pages with your networks and friends, and show support for survivors, law practitioners, researchers, law enforcers, working tirelessly to combat organized crime.

Save the date: 15 November, the day UNTOC was adopted in 2000, marks the Convention's 20th anniversary.

Stay connected via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and follow us with #UNTOC20

United Nations Secretary General's Message

General Assembly President's message

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fondazione falcone

Giovanni Falcone was an Italian magistrate who dedicated his life to the fight against organized crime. 

After his assassination in 1992, the Fondazione Giovanni e Francesca Falcone pursued his legacy and played a key role in paving the ground for the negotiation and adoption of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC) in 2000.

Twenty years later, Giovanni Falcone’s vision lives on. MORE

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