FATF report: "Money Laundering from Environmental Crimes"

28 June 2021: UNODC co-led a new FATF report entitled "Money Laundering from Environmental Crimes". The report looks at the methods that criminals use to launder the proceeds of environmental crime. Efforts to detect, pursue and disrupt environmental crimes have not been proportionate to the sector worth up to 281 billion USD/year. When properly implemented, the FATF Recommendations provide effective tools to disrupt these illicit financial flows. To read the report please click here


Cryptocurrency Training in Vienna

Courses in Vienna will be announced soon!
To read more about the training please click here.

AML/CFT activities of UNODC in South Eastern Europe

UNODC's regional office in South Eastern Europe is building the regions capacity in fighting money laundering and terrorist financing. UNODC has posted a regional anti-money laundering and counter terrorism financing adviser in South Eastern Europe, to have a consistent strategy in the in tackling these crimes within the region. To see the video on the office's activities please click here.

Cryptocurrency Investigation eLearning Course

UNODC's Global Programme on Cybercrime and the Global Programme against Money Laundering, the Proceeds of Crime and the Financing of Terrorism (GPML) are pleased to launch the Cryptocurrency Investigation eLearning course in English.

The course is also available in ARABIC, FRENCH, HUNGARIAN, RUSSIAN, SERBIAN, SPANISH, and THAI.

The eLearning course is the initial component of UNODC's Cryptocurrency Investigation Training Programme and is available in the above mentioned languages. The objective of the eLearning course is to develop the knowledge of analysts, law enforcement officers, prosecutors and judges regarding the topic.

In addition, the course explains how cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, work by focusing on the key definitions, internal mechanics of cryptocurrency and the blockchain ledger. This course will explore the ecosystems of Bitcoin and other popular cryptocurrencies, whilst addressing and reviewing community regulations (or lack of) and wider governmental controls.

The eLearning package provides an essential backdrop for those who proceed to undertake classroom-based cryptocurrency investigation training.

Building a strategic partnership platform between each attendee is a key priority for UNODC. This course will increase the knowledge and skills of the experts whilst helping share best practice of how to develop blockchain-based international investigations.

To browse the course in English, click here; To browse the course in Spanish, click here; To browse the course in Arabic, click here; To browse the course in Thai, click here; To browse the course in Hungarian, click here; To browse the course in French, click here; To browse the course in Serbian, click here; To browse the course in Russian, click here.


Current and Upcoming Events 2021

Virtual Working Group and Plenary Meetings  
17-23 July 2021



UNODC, Commonwealth Secretariat and the International Monetary Fund Model Law
Common Law Legal Systems Model Legislative Provisions on Money Laundering, Terrorism Financing, Preventive Measures and Proceeds of Crime.
August 2016

Reporting and Control of Physical Transfers of Currency, Bearer Negotiable Instruments, Gold, Other Precious Metals or Precious Stones through the Borders of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
March 2016

FATF Study on 'The role of Hawala and Other Similar Service Providers in Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing' [ Russian ]
October 2013

Basic Manual on the Detection and Investigation of the Laundering of Crime Proceeds Using Virtual Currencies [ Russian]
UNODC Virtual Currencies Manual
June 2014

Financial flows linked to the production and trafficking of Afghan opiates [ Spanish ]
FATF Report on Financial flows linked to the production and trafficking of Afghan opiates
June 2014

ARINWA Assessment Study on 'Seizure, confiscation and management of proceeds of crime in West Africa', proposed establishment of an "ARIN" type network for West Africa
March 2014

Pirate Trails
Tracking the Ilicit Financial Flows from Pirate Activities off the Horn of Africa. A UNODC, World Bank and Interpol Joint Study.
November 2013

Risk of Money Laundering through Financial and Commercial Instruments, Version II
November 2013

UNODC/IMF Model Legislation on Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism [ Russian ] [ French] [ Arabic]
December 2005, (for civil law systems) ··»»more model laws...

An Overview of the UN Conventions and Other International Standards Concerning Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (January 2013) ··»»more reference materials...



UNODC Global Programme against Money Laundering, Proceeds of Crime and the Financing of Terrorism (GPML) Fact Sheets on its products and tools
August 2012

Mutual Legal Assistance Request Writer Tool


International Standards

New FATF Methodology for Assessing Technical Compliance with the FATF Recommendations and the Effectiveness of AML/CFT Systems
February 2013

Revised FATF Recommendations - International Standards on Combating Money Laundering and the Financing of Terrorism & Proliferation
February 2012

United Nations Convention against Corruption
(available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish)

Council of Europe Convention on Laundering, Search, Seizure and Confiscation of the Proceeds from Crime and on the Financing of Terrorism, [ French]
Explanatory Note
(Warsaw, 16 May 2005)

Directive 2008/20/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 March 2008 amending Directive 2005/60/EC on the prevention of the use of the financial system for the purpose of money laundering and terrorist financing, as regards the implementing powers conferred on the Commission [ French ] [ Spanish ]

Directive 2005/60/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 October 2005 on the prevention of the use of the financial system for the purpose of money laundering and terrorist financing [ French ] [ Spanish ]

United Nations Conventions against Terrorism
(available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish)

to the International Money Laundering Information Network

IMoLIN is an Internet-based network assisting governments, organizations and individuals in the fight against illicit financial flows, money laundering and the financing of terrorism. IMoLIN has been developed with the cooperation of the world's leading anti-money laundering organizations. Included herein is a database on legislation and regulations throughout the world ( AMLID), an electronic library, a calendar of events in the anti-money laundering / countering the financing of terrorism fields and a case law database. Please be advised that certain aspects of IMoLIN are secured and therefore not available for public use.



Misuse of UNODC and IMoLIN's names for fraudulent purposes

Various types of scam emails or letters purporting to be from or associated with IMoLIN and/or UNODC have been circulating requesting fees for the transfer of money. In some cases the UN and UNODC logos as well as IMoLIN's name and logo are being used for fraudulent purposes. Criminals who fraudulently claim to be from UNODC, request victims to pay fees for fictitious services relating to the verification of the origin of funds and claim that the funds will be blocked if the customer fails to pay the fees. UNODC and IMoLIN do not have the ability to block any account or issue any certificates for anti-money laundering compliance and will never require any fees for such services, since none of these services are rendered.  

If you receive any fraudulent emails or letters, we suggest that you report the matter to your local law enforcement authorities.


Training Certificates

Since August 2016, GPML's training certificates contain a unique number and a verification code.

To see the dates of the training course and the numbers of the issued certificates, please click here .

To check a certificate, please click on this link, and enter the day, month and year of the certificate, name of the participant (exactly as indicated on the certificate, case-sensitive), country of the training, certificate number and the verification code. You will receive a message if this data match and the certificate is genuine. 

To see an example of the UNODC GPML training course certificate, please click here.