Implementation of International Standards
Norway is committed to the effective implementation of international standards on anti-corruption, including the conventions and the review mechanisms under UNODC, the OECD and the Council of Europe. Peer reviews help us see where we stand and what gaps need to be addressed.
*commitment is not specific or/and not measurable
This commitment is considered too general and broad because it involves implementing several standards and conventions. The international cooperation within the UNODC, OECD and the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) – the Council of Europe’s anti-corruption monitoring body – consists in the participation of Norway in review mechanisms, detailing the progress made by each country in implementing international standards and providing recommendations. These include, for example, the UNCAC Review Mechanism for the second review cycle (2016-2021), the GRECO Fifth Evaluation Round adopted in October 2020, and the OECD Implementing the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention Phase 4 Report, adopted in June 2018 (before the IACC conference in October 2018). Monitoring whether all recommendations have been implemented would be beyond the scope of this report. The commitment does not identify a concrete policy area the government aims to address as a result of these review mechanisms.
 Group of States against Corruption (GRECO), Fifth Evaluation Round – Evaluation Report Norway, https://rm.coe.int/fifth-evaluation-round-preventing-corruption-and-promoting-integrity-i/1680a1167c
 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Implementing the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention Phase 4 Report Norway, https://www.oecd.org/corruption/anti-bribery/Norway-Phase-4-Report-ENG.pdf
The way in which this commitment is formulated means it does not include clear, measurable actions which the government of Norway intends to take, and which could indicate progress in implementing international standards on anti-corruption as a result of the reviews. In future commitment-making initiatives, Norway should focus on the actual gaps identified by international review mechanisms and make separate commitments for different policy areas, which are specific and measurable, on how the government aims to address those gaps.
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