Secretariat to the Governing Bodies

Role

The Governing Bodies of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) are the Commission on Narcotic Drugs and the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice.  The Secretariat to the Governing Bodies (SGB) acts as an interface between the Commissions, their subsidiary bodies and other sections of UNODC.  It is the main contact point for representatives of Member States and permanent missions in Vienna concerning matters pertaining to the work and the competence of the Commissions. 

Functions

The SGB provides substantive and technical support to both Commissions.  It services the regular and reconvened sessions of the Commissions and coordinates the side events held during the regular sessions.  It organizes and services meetings of the subsidiary bodies of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs and other meetings under UNODC auspices as required. As one of the sections of the Division for Treaty Affairs, the SGB also plays a substantive role in the preparations of the quinquennial United Nations Congresses on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice.

The SGB provides support to the Bureaus and extended Bureaus of the Commissions. These bodies deal with any organizational and substantive matters that require attention by the Commissions both during sessions as well as in the intersessional period.  The SGB also assists the Co-Chairs of the standing open-ended intergovernmental working group on improving the governance and financial situation of UNODC.  In addition, the SGB coordinates the work of the Governing Bodies of UNODC with the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council.

Secretary of the Commissions

The Chief of the Secretariat to the Governing Bodies Section of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime acts as Secretary of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs and the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, and leads and coordinates the work of the Section. The current Chief of the Secretariat to the Governing Bodies and Secretary of the Commissions is Ms. Jo Dedeyne-Amann. She is assisted by a small team of dedicated staff.

Publications

The Secretariat to the Governing Bodies produces two publications mandated under the international drug control conventions on " Competent National Authorities under the international drug control treaties " and " Manufacture of Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and their Precursors ".

Contact us:

Secretariat to the Governing Bodies
Division for Treaty Affairs
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
P.O. Box 500
Vienna International Centre
1400 Vienna, Austria
Fax: +43 (1) 26060 5885