United Nations resolution on preventing and countering corruption involving vast quantities of assets

In 2017, Norway spearheaded a United Nations resolution on preventing and countering corruption involving vast quantities of assets. It was adopted by consensus. Norway is working with UNODC and other interested countries to follow up this milestone resolution.

Completion Status:
⚠ Unqualified*

*commitment is not specific or/and not measurable

Commitment filtering:

Specific:yes

This commitment is specific because it refers to the concrete policy area of grand corruption and Norway’s role in initiating the UN resolution on preventing and countering corruption involving vast quantities of assets. The current work is not described, but the milestone resolution can provide further specificity.

Measurable: ❌ no

There is no indication of a measurable action regarding the follow-up of the milestone resolution. This means it is unclear how Norway’s government is planning to follow up the resolution’s specific points.[1] The government indicates that with funding from Norway, the UNODC organised two expert meetings on corruption involving vast quantities of assets – in Lima in 2018 and Oslo in 2019.[2] Norway also initiated and financed the UN High Level Panel on Financial Accountability, Transparency and Integrity (FACTI), which delivered its final report in 2021.[3] In this report, the FACTI Panel concludes that transparency alone is not enough, and that transformative change is only possible when all countries commit to acting together to combat illicit financial flows, and to ensure that the funds recovered are directed to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Despite the description of Norway’s work with UNODC, we do not consider the commitment measurable, because it does not identify any measurable actions to indicate whether it has been achieved.

[1] United Nations (UN), Resolutions adopted by the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption, https://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/corruption/COSP/session7-resolutions.html

[2] United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Global Expert Group Meeting on Corruption Involving Vast Quantities of Assets, https://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/corruption/meetings/Lima-egm-2018.html; United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Oslo Statement on Corruption Involving Vast Quantities of Assets, https://www.unodc.org/documents/corruption/meetings/OsloEGM2019/Oslo_Outcome_Statement_on_Corruption_involving_Vast_Quantities_of_Assets_-_FINAL_VERSION.pdf

[3] Financial Integrity for Sustainable Development, Report of the High Level Panel on International Financial Accountability, Transparency and Integrity for Achieving the 2030 Agenda, https://uploads-ssl.webflow.com/5e0bd9edab846816e263d633/602e91032a209d0601ed4a2c_FACTI_Panel_Report.pdf



Last updated: 30 August 2022
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