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UNODC and Microsoft - The UNCAC Legal Library and the Knowledge Management Consortium

Summary

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is developing a Legal Library to serve as an electronic repository of laws, regulations, administrative practices and cases related to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC). The Legal Library builds predominantly on information gathered through States’ self-assessment reports on their compliance with the Convention. It collects, systematises and facilitates analysis and dissemination of updated and validated knowledge on efforts to bring national legal frameworks in compliance with the Convention.

In creating this systematisation and dissemination mechanism, a broader web-based portal to facilitate the dissemination of non-legal knowledge on UNCAC implementation and asset recovery is being established. The Knowledge Management Consortium will serve as a web-based collaborative forum: It will be an electronic repository of anti-corruption knowledge (reports, studies, policy papers, assessments, compilations of good practices, manuals, handbooks, directories of focal points and other tools for practitioners) generated by reputable regional or international institutions. At present, the number of institutions active in these areas is relatively limited, and the specialised knowledge they generate is in high demand. While the generation of knowledge on certain areas of anti-corruption remains an undertaking that such institutions may wish to carry out individually, the Knowledge Management Consortium aims at creating a single site where such knowledge can be accessed.

Partnering with UNODC, Microsoft offered to provide the technology necessary to develop proofs of concept of the Legal Library and the Knowledge Management Consortium at no cost. Such proofs of concept were presented to the third session of the Conference of the States Parties to the Convention and received with appreciation in November 2009. Both projects are anticipated to go live in the second quarter of 2010.