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.
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
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). Read more
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
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. Read more
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.
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. Read more
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.
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.
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. Read more
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
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. Read more
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
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
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.
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. Read more
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.