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Online Directory of Competent National Authorities (CNA Directory)

The online directory of Competent National Authorities is a password protected tool, listing over one thousand competent national authorities designated under:

(1) the 1988 United Nations Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances,

(2) the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and the Protocols thereto,

(3) the United Nations Convention against Corruption and

(4) other applicable legal instruments, such as Security Council resolution 2322 (2016), General Assembly resolution 68/186 and decisions 3/2 and 4/2 of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention against Transnational Organized Crime.


The directory contains the contact information of national authorities authorized to receive, respond to and process requests of assistance for matters related to the below.

  • Mutual legal assistance
  • Extradition
  • Transfer of sentenced persons
  • Illicit traffic by sea of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances
  • Preventive anti-corruption authorities
  • Asset recovery
  • International cooperation in civil and administrative proceedings relating to corruption
  • Smuggling of migrants by sea
  • Trafficking in firearms
  • Prevention of transnational organized crime and
  • Trafficking in cultural property
  • Terrorism

The Directory allows national authorities' staff easy access to the updated contact information of their counterparts and provides information on means of communication, accepted languages, legal requirements for cooperation and specific procedures to be followed in urgent cases. It also allows direct access to relevant pieces of national legislation and national templates or guidelines.

Access is reserved for Permanent Missions to the United Nations and for the authorities listed in the Directory.

The Online Directory of Competent National Authorities is currently only available in English.

DISCLAIMER:The Directory of Competent National Authorities contains sensitive and confidential data and information. Authorized users are asked to exercise discretion and due diligence in the use of this publication; and to safeguard the confidentiality of the information that this publication contains by not sharing with third parties, especially authorities not involved, directly or indirectly, in international cooperation in criminal matters, or non-State actors or entities.

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