UNODC Engagement with Civil Society on Drug and Crime Prevention

UNODC recognizes the need to promote strong partnerships with civil society organizations in dealing with the complex issues of drug abuse and crime which undermine the fabric of society. The active involvement of civil society, which includes NGOs, community groups, labour unions, indigenous groups, charitable organizations, faith-based organizations, professional associations and foundations is essential to help UNODC carry out its global mandates.

A guide for NGO participation in the Commission on Narcotic Drugs ( CND) and the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) is available here.

<h4>African CSOs increase their knowledge on the 2019 Ministerial Declaration</h4> /images/ngos/Drugs/EAzWplzXYAISzII.jpg /unodc/en/ngos/african-civil-society-organizations-increase-their-knowledge-on-the-2019-ministerial-declaration.html

31 July 2019 - 25 Civil Society Organizations' representatives from 12 African countries were engaged in an interactive workshop on the 2019 Ministerial Declaration and participated in the African Union's 3 rd Specialized Technical Committee on Health, Population and Drug Control (STC-HPDC-3) meeting held from 29 July until 2 August 2019. Read more

<h4>Seizing the opportunity: Partnership between states and civil society in the implementation of UNTOC Review Mechanism</h4> /images/ngos/CCPCJ/Copy_IMG_20190522_090743.jpg /unodc/ngos/seizing-the-opportunity_-partnership-between-states-and-civil-society-in-the-implementation-of-the-review-mechanism-of-the-untoc.html <p>Vienna, 22 May 2019 - The role of civil society in the effective implementation of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC) for a comprehensive and wholistic approach in addressing transnational organized crime was reiterated at a joint side event during the 28th session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ). <a href="/unodc/ngos/seizing-the-opportunity_-partnership-between-states-and-civil-society-in-the-implementation-of-the-review-mechanism-of-the-untoc.html%20">Read more</a></p> <h4>"Working Together: Drugs and Sustainable Development" a new civil society guide launched at the 62nd session of the CND</h4> /images/ngos/Drugs/D2G47iKWsAAThau.jpg /unodc/en/ngos/launch-of-a-civil-society-guide-for-ungass-and-sdgs.html

Vienna, 20 March 2019 - The effective implementation of the UNGASS Outcome Document and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development requires a holistic approach that involves civil society at the local, national, regional and global levels. On the margins of the 62nd session of the CND, UNODC and the VNGOC launched a civil society guide titled "Working Together - Drugs and Sustainable Development: A Guide for Civil Society". Read more

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<h4>Civil Society Engagement in Addressing Violent Extremism and Illicit Firearms Trafficking</h4> /images/ngos/UNTOC/DpuGfsvWkAU64RZ.jpg_large.jpg /unodc/ngos/civil-society-engagement-in-addressing-violent-extremism-and-illicit-firearms-trafficking.html <p>Tuesday, 17 October 2018 - During the ninth session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, UNODC Civil Society Team organized a side event together with the UNODC Terrorism Prevention Branch, and the UNODC Global Firearms Programme, in partnership with the Kingdom of Sweden aimed at discussing efforts from governments, the United Nations, and civil society organizations in countering violent extremism conducive to terrorism and addressing illicit firearms trafficking. <a href="/unodc/ngos/civil-society-engagement-in-addressing-violent-extremism-and-illicit-firearms-trafficking.html">Read more</a></p> <h4>The role of civil society in the implementation of UNGASS 2016 outcomes</h4> /images/ngos/Drugs/Untitled2.jpg /unodc/ngos/the-role-of-civil-society-in-the-implementation-of-the-ungass-2016-outcomes.html

14 March 2018 - On the margins of the 61st session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, the Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs and UNODC Civil Society Team organized a side event to present the role of civil society in the implementation of the UNGASS 2016 outcomes. Over 352 representatives from 90 NGOs attended the 61st session of the CND.
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<h4>The chairs of umbrella partner NGOs celebrate with UNODC on its 20th anniversary</h4> /images/ngos/UNODC20/ED-Chairs.jpg /unodc/ngos/the-chairs-of-umbrella-partner-ngos-celebrate-with-unodc-on-its-20th-anniversary.html <p>Today, the three heads of UNODC's civil society networks were in attendance when the UNODC celebrated its 20th anniversary at the Vienna International Centre. The event highlighted UNODC's achievements in the past 20 years in combating drugs, crime, corruption and terrorism, and focused on the current challenges the Organization and the international community are facing, as well as the opportunities for the future. <a href="/unodc/ngos/the-chairs-of-umbrella-partner-ngos-celebrate-with-unodc-on-its-20th-anniversary.html">Read more</a></p> <h4>#ListenFirst on the World Drug Day 2017</h4> /images/ngos/ListenFirst.jpg /unodc/ngos/listenfirst-on-the-world-drug-day-2017.html

On 26 June 2017, the United Nations, governments, civil society, the media and citizens around the world will observe the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking to raise awareness about the impact of drug abuse and illicit trafficking of drugs. The theme is Listen First - Listening to children and youth is the first step to help them grow healthy and safe. Find out how to get involved.

<h4>Civil society is a key actor in preventing and countering violent extremism conducive to terrorism</h4> /images/ngos/cso1.jpg /unodc/ngos/civil-society-is-key-to-preventing-and-countering-violent-extremism.html <p>Violent extremism and terrorism have be come global phenomena that require collective efforts from all stakeholders of the international community. Aiming to share good practices and experiences in preventing and countering violent extremism, the Civil Society Team organized a side event cosponsored by the government of the United Kingdom on the margins of the 26th session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice on 24 May. <br /><a href="/unodc/ngos/civil-society-is-key-to-preventing-and-countering-violent-extremism.html">Read more</a></p> <h4>UNODC hosts a multi-stakeholder conference with the vision towards boosting sustainable development</h4> /images/ngos/IMG_6050.JPG /unodc/ngos/unodc-hosts-a-multi-stakeholder-conference-on-sdgs.html <p>With a vision towards boosting sustainable development, UNODC hosted the 2017 ACUNS Vienna UN Conference from 17 to 19 January 2017 to discuss how Vienna-based UN organizations are implementing the 2030 Agenda. The conference brought together representatives of UN agencies, civil society, the diplomatic community, academia, and young people to discuss actions, potentials and challenges linked to the realization of the Agenda. Over 400 participants registered for the conference. <a href="/unodc/ngos/unodc-hosts-a-multi-stakeholder-conference-on-sdgs.html">Read more</a></p> <h4>UNODC and Germany cooperate on a side event - enhancing cooperation in countering violent extremism and transnational organized crime</h4> /images/ngos/Panellists.png /unodc/ngos/enhancing-cooperation-among-states--civil-society-and-the-united-nations-in-countering-violent-extremism-and-transnational-organized-crime.html On the margins of the 8th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, a side-event was organized by the UNODC&#39;s Civil Society Team and Germany. The discussion highlighted the need for closer collaboration between governments, civil society and the United Nations to progress efficiently and inclusively in the prevention and fight against emerging threats of terrorism and violent extremism. <a href="/unodc/ngos/enhancing-cooperation-among-states--civil-society-and-the-united-nations-in-countering-violent-extremism-and-transnational-organized-crime.html">Read more</a> <h4>Defusing religious extremism: Building the capacity of conservative religious communities as key partners in counter-terrorism efforts</h4> /images/ngo/P1030628.JPG /unodc/ngos/dcn21-defusing-religious-extremism.html

The 25th session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) was convened on 23 - 27 May 2016 in Vienna under the thematic discussion criminal justice responses to prevent and counter terrorism. Read more

<h4>UNGASS 2016: Call for NGO Registration now open until 28 March 2016</h4> /images/ngo/Qv7BXOoS_400x400.jpeg /unodc/ngos/dcn20_-ungass-2016-call-for-ngo-registration-open-until-28-march-2016.html <p>25 February 2016 - The Special Session of the General Assembly on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS 2016) will be convened from 19 to 21 April 2016 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The program of side events begins on 18 April 2016 with an NGO forum. The UNGASS 2016 will feature a general debate plenary and five interactive, multi-stakeholder round tables conducted in parallel with the plenary. <a href="/unodc/ngos/dcn20_-ungass-2016-call-for-ngo-registration-open-until-28-march-2016.html">Read more</a></p> <h4>A milestone civil society event in the preparation of UNGASS 2016</h4> /images/ngo/Pik.jpg /unodc/ngos/dcn19_a-milestone-civil-society-event-in-the-preparation-of-ungass-2016.html In New York, on 10 February 2016, an Informal Interactive Stakeholder Consultation in support of preparatory process towards UNGASS 2016 was convened by the President of the UN General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Mogens Lykketoft, together with the <a href="/documents/NGO/CSTF_in_brief_and_composition_update_9_March_2016.pdf">Civil Society Task Force for UNGASS 2016 (CSTF)</a> at the United Nations Headquarters. The event was opened by high profile speakers, among which the Secretary-General of the United Nations, H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon. <a href="/unodc/ngos/dcn19_a-milestone-civil-society-event-in-the-preparation-of-ungass-2016.html">Read more</a> <h4>Civil Society Task Force for UNGASS 2016: National and Regional Consultations</h4> /images/ngo/CSTF_Regional_Consultation_South_Asia2.png /unodc/ngos/dcn18_-cstf-for-ungass-2016_-national-and-regional-consultations.html

Sub-Saharan Africa, 24 September - 6 October 2015/India, 31 October 2015 - The Civil Society Task Force (CSTF) for the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the world drug problem in 2016 undertook national and regional consultations in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. During these meetings, civil society organisations (CSOs) working on drug related issues were informed of the ongoing preparatory process for UNGASS 2016 and were introduced to the work of the CSTF. Read more

<h4>Marketplace gives Visibility to Grassroots NGOs Working on Drugs</h4> /images/ngo/PPT_Matching.PNG /unodc/ngos/DCN14_marketplace-gives-visibility-to-grassroots-ngos-working-on-drugs.html

Vienna, 13 March 2015 - The concept of Marketplace - a social innovation tool designed by the VNGOC and the UNODC Civil Society Team - was presented during a side event held on the margins of the 58 th session of the CND. The Marketplace is an online platform that will help bridge local action and global priorities in the area of drug prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and alternative development, significantly reducing impact gaps. Read more

<h4>Civil Society Engages in UNGASS 2016 Preparatory Process</h4> /images/ngo/CSTFCollage.png /unodc/ngos/DCN13-civil-society-engages-in-ungass-2016-preparatory-process.html <p>The Civil Society Task Force (CSTF) was introduced on the occasion of the fourth Civil Society Hearing on 9 March 2015. The CSTF was designed to ensure a balanced and inclusive civil society engagement and coordination in the preparatory process of the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the world drug problem in 2016. <br /><a href="/unodc/ngos/DCN13-civil-society-engages-in-ungass-2016-preparatory-process.html">Read more</a></p> <h4>NGOs Engage in the Post-2015 Development Debate</h4> /images/ngos/Pic_SDGs_3.jpg /unodc/ngos/DCN12-NGOs-engage-in-the-post-2015-development-debate.html <p>On 5 December 2014, civil society representatives came together in Vienna to contribute to the ongoing debate on the post-2015 development agenda, in the lead up to the Special Summit on Sustainable Development, to be held in September 2015 in New York. <a href="/unodc/ngos/DCN12-NGOs-engage-in-the-post-2015-development-debate.html">Read more</a></p> <h4>Launch of the Civil Society Task Force</h4> /images/ngos/WP_20141203_010.jpg /unodc/ngos/DCN11-Launch-of-the-Civil-Society-Task-Force.html <p>Civil society is preparing for the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the world drug problem in 2016. <a href="/unodc/ngos/DCN11-Launch-of-the-Civil-Society-Task-Force.html">Read more</a></p> <h4>Participation of NGOs in CTOC/COP7</h4> /images/ngo/Generic_UNODC_TOC.jpg /unodc/ngos/DCN10-Participation-of-NGOs-in-the-seventh-session-of-the-conference-of-the-parties-to-the-united-nations-convention-against-transnational-organized-crime.html <p>Over 90 participants, representing more than 50 NGOs and NGO umbrella organisations around the world participated in the 7th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organised Crime (CTOC/COP7), which took place on 6-10 October 2014. <br /><a href="/unodc/ngos/DCN10-Participation-of-NGOs-in-the-seventh-session-of-the-conference-of-the-parties-to-the-united-nations-convention-against-transnational-organized-crime.html">Read more</a></p> <h4>Addressing the links between corruption and Transnational Organized Crime</h4> /images/ngo/WP_20141008_063.jpg /unodc/ngos/CN15-Addressing-the-links-between-corruption-and-transnational-organised-crime.html <p>Transnational organized crime is fuelled by corruption. <br /><a href="/unodc/ngos/CN15-Addressing-the-links-between-corruption-and-transnational-organised-crime.html">Read more</a></p> <h4>NGO Participation to the 23rd session of CPCJP</h4> /images/ngo/Informal_dialogue_with_ED_23rd_CCPCJ_3.jpg /unodc/ngos/DCN9-NGO-participation-at-the-23-session-of-the-commission-on-crime-prevention-and-criminal-justice.html <p>At its 23rd annual session (12-16 May 2014), the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) welcomed 81 NGO representatives from 37 organizations around the world. <a href="/unodc/ngos/DCN9-NGO-participation-at-the-23-session-of-the-commission-on-crime-prevention-and-criminal-justice.html">Read more</a></p> <h4>Civil Society Engagement at the 57th session of the CND High-Level Review</h4> /images/ngo/13_March_2014_Civil_Society_Hearing6.JPG /unodc/ngos/DCN8-Civil-society-engagement-at-the-57-session-of-the-commission-on-narcotic-drugs-high-level-review.html <p>At its 57th annual session (13-21 March 2014), the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) welcomed 230 NGO representatives from 67 organizations around the world. <a href="/unodc/ngos/DCN8-Civil-society-engagement-at-the-57-session-of-the-commission-on-narcotic-drugs-high-level-review.html">Read more</a></p> <h4>NGO Participation at the 22nd session of the CCPCJ</h4> /images/ngo/old_style_tires.jpg /unodc/ngos/DCN7-NGO-participation-at-the-22-session-of-the-commission-on-crime-prevention-and-criminal-justice.html <p>At its 22nd annual session (22-26 April, 2013), the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) welcomed 96 NGO representatives from 38 organizations around the world. <a href="/unodc/ngos/DCN7-NGO-participation-at-the-22-session-of-the-commission-on-crime-prevention-and-criminal-justice.html">Read more</a></p> <h4>NGO Participation to 56th session of CND</h4> /images/ngo/Picture_for_webstory.jpg /unodc/ngos/DCN6-NGO-Participation-at-the-56-session-of-the-commission-on-narcotic-drugs.html <p>At its 56th annual session (11-15 March, 2013), the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) welcomed 164 NGO representatives from 56 organizations around the world. <a href="/unodc/ngos/DCN6-NGO-Participation-at-the-56-session-of-the-commission-on-narcotic-drugs.html">Read more</a></p> <h4>Symposium on Femicide</h4> /images/ngo/femicide.jpg /unodc/ngos/DCN5-Symposium-on-femicide-a-global-issue-that-demands-action.html On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (25 November), the Academic Council on the United Nations System and the Small Arms Survey organized a symposium on Femicide. <a href="/unodc/ngos/DCN5-Symposium-on-femicide-a-global-issue-that-demands-action.html">Read more</a> <h4>NGO Participation at 6th session of the COP/CTOC</h4> /images/ngos/Informal_Dialogue_for_webstory.JPG /unodc/ngos/DCN4-Participation-of-NGOs-to-sixth-session-of-the-conference-of-the-parties-to-the-united-nations-convention-against-transnational-organized-crime.html <p>Participation of NGOs to sixth session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime. <a href="/unodc/ngos/DCN4-Participation-of-NGOs-to-sixth-session-of-the-conference-of-the-parties-to-the-united-nations-convention-against-transnational-organized-crime.html">Read more</a></p>
  • CND/CCPCJ Reconvened session, Vienna, 12-13 December 2019 - link
  • COSP 8, Abu Dhabi, 16-20 December 2019 - link
  • 4th CND Intersessional Meeting, Vienna 24 June 2019 - link
  • Special Event - Int'l Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking and the Launch of the World Drug Report, Vienna, 26 June 2019 - link
  • 28th session of the CCPCJ, Vienna, 20-24 May 2019 - link
  • CND Ministerial Segment, Vienna , 14-15 March 2019 - link
  • 62nd CND session, Vienna, 18-22 January 2019 - link
  • 3rd CND intersessional meeting, 7 March 2019 - link
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