Main Civil Society Partners with the UNODC
While UNODC works, at the operational level, with a number of individual NGOs, at the policy level, its main partners are umbrella organizations representing numerous civil society organizations including NGOs, community groups, labour unions, indigenous groups, charitable organizations, faith-based organizations, professional associations and foundations. Only business is not included in this category.
The three main umbrella organizations maintaining sustained relations with UNODC are:
- The Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs
- The UNCAC Coalition: a global civil society network that aim at promoting the United Nations Convention against Corruption
- The Alliance of NGOs on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice
The aims of these umbrella organizations are to:
- Support the mandate of UNODC and the work of its two commissions, on narcotic drugs and on crime prevention and criminal justice, by contributing and being involved
- Represent the interests and opinions of their members in conferences and commission sessions organized by UNODC
- Communicate crucial information, including on the main events that concern civil society organizations at the regional and local levels
- Encourage and facilitate dialogue among civil society organizations and between such organizations and UNODC
In other words, these organizations serve as liaison offices between UNODC and regional and local civil society organizations. Their existence and value is well recognized by UNODC, which consults them for advice, for example with regard to technical assistance and strategies.
The Vienna NGO Committee
Created in 1983, the goal of the Vienna NGO Committee is to ensure that NGOs and civil society organizations are able to contribute to global drug policymaking. The Committee is currently composed of some 100 members, which contribute by engaging in diverse activities, from lobbying to assisting NGOs in organizing side events and workshops on the sidelines of the sessions of the Commission on Narcotics Drugs.
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The UNCAC Coalition
The UNCAC Coalition: A global Civil Society Network aims at mobilizing and supporting the implementation of the Convention, which was adopted by the General Assembly in October 2003. The role of civil society organizations has been crucial in lobbying Governments and United Nations staff members to place the issue of corruption on the political agenda.
The Coalition was founded in 2006 and has around 240 members, including Transparency International, UNICORN (a global network of trade unions against corruption), Christian Aid, Global Witness, Oxfam, Access Info Europe, the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific, the Institute for Security Studies and many others.
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The Alliance of NGOs on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice
The Alliance of NGOs on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice was established in 1972 and has some 35 members that work on a broad range of issues, from the treatment of prisoners, restorative justice, trafficking in persons and arms, to human rights law. Having built a long and sustained relationship with the United Nations in Vienna and New York, their expertise and assistance is often requested. The numerous activities in which they are involved include the conduct of international surveys, the provision of help to draft rules, the lobbying of Governments and the organization of NGO ancillary meetings, side events and workshops at major conferences, including the sessions of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice.
The Alliance, together with the UN Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme Network Institutes (PNI), plays a vital role in preparing and coordinating NGOs for the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Congress which is held every five years.
The Alliance is structured into working groups, each focusing on a specific subject. In late 1992, the Alliance formed a Working Party on Crime Prevention to assist UNODC in fulfilling the mandate given to the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice to study this subject.
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