United Nations Convention Against Corruption

The United Nations Convention against Corruption gives Switzerland the opportunity to work at a global level to combat corruption – and thus in particular to promote fair conditions for Swiss companies operating internationally.



UNCAC contains implementation obligations for the states parties in the following areas:

  • preventive measures
  • criminalisation and law enforcement
  • international cooperation
  • asset recovery
  • technical assistance for developing and emerging countries  

Review mechanism

The implementation of the above-mentioned obligations by each member state is evaluated within the framework of a peer review mechanism established in 2009, which provides for five-year cycles, in which two thematic chapters of the convention are reviewed. Two randomly selected states parties are always involved in the review of another state party.

The evaluation is primarily based on self-assessment, which can be supplemented, expanded upon and corrected in direct dialogue with the reviewing states. The drafts of the resulting country reports are confidential and must be validated by the state party under review. An executive summary of each final country report – but not the report in its entirety – is published.

UNODC Country Profiles

An Implementation Review Group has been established to oversee and improve the country reviews, and is intended to serve as a forum for the states parties to the convention in order to exchange experiences.

Implementation Review Group of the United Nations Convention against Corruption

Country review of Switzerland

Switzerland was reviewed by Finland and Algeria in 2012 for compliance with Chapter III (criminalisation and law enforcement) and Chapter IV (international cooperation). A further evaluation – in Chapters II (Preventive measures) and V (Asset recovery) – is expected in the years 2020–21; the respective reviewing states have not yet been selected by the drawing of lots.

On a voluntary basis, Switzerland published all the relevant documents of its first country review, i.e. self-assessment, country report and the final executive summary. It remains committed to promoting transparency in the future.