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1st StAR-INTERPOL Asset Recovery Focal Points Meeting

14-15 December 2010, Vienna, Austria

This event was organized by the Stolen Asset Recovery (StAR) Initiative – a partnership between the World Bank and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime – and INTERPOL, in cooperation with the US Department of State.

The two-day meeting was immediately followed by the Fourth Intercessional Meeting of the Open-Ended Intergovernmental Working Group on Asset Recovery (16-17 December 2010).

More than 42 INTERPOL member countries were represented, with a total of 75 participants and observers: including investigators, prosecutors and experts in the field of asset confiscation and recovery.

The meeting provided the Focal Points with a forum in which to discuss the actions needed in order to strengthen international cooperation amongst practitioners. Specifically, it was intended to allow Focal Points to:

  • Exchange experiences on the operational aspects of the StAR-INTERPOL Asset Recovery Focal Point Platform and views on how its capacity could be improved;
  • Exchange information on issues of common interest prior to the Fourth Intercessional Meeting of the Open-Ended Intergovernmental Working Group on Asset Recovery of the UNCAC;
  • Create a conduit for dissemination of technical products on asset recovery;
  • Explore developing the platform into a global network of law enforcement and other anti-corruption professionals which would build upon the experiences of existing networks in asset recovery.

The meeting brought together representatives from participating focal point agencies, various networks related to asset confiscation and recovery, and central authorities responsible for providing mutual legal assistance, as well as other experts. Its outcome was presented to the meeting of the Fourth Open-ended Intergovernmental Working Group on Asset Recovery.