Conference of State Parties (COSP)


The initial mandate to develop the Guidelines for the Efficient Recovery of Stolen Assets stemmed from the General Assembly of the United Nations (A/RES/68/195). Subsequently also the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption, established to improve the capacity of and cooperation between States Parties to achieve the objectives set forth in the Convention and to promote and review its implementation, made reference to the Guidelines in resolution 5/3 adopted at its fifth session held in 2013.

In its resolutions 6/2 and 6/3 adopted at its sixth session held in 2015, the Conference encouraged States parties to consider, where appropriate and in accordance with national law, the possibility of referring to the draft Lausanne guidelines for the efficient recovery of stolen assets in their practice and to continue to exchange their practical experiences and consolidate them into a non-binding, step-by-step guide or asset recovery manual, in cooperation with interested States and providers of technical assistance, upon the request of the relevant interested parties.


The Asset Recovery Working Group, which was established to assist the Conference in fulfilling its mandate, has considered the Guidelines at several occasions. Its tenth meeting, which took place on 25-26 August 2016, in Vienna, Austria, provided an opportunity to present the state of play regarding the first set of the steps for action.

The aim is for the final outcome following Lausanne X to be presented to the next session of the Conference of the States Parties on  6-10 November 2017.

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