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, 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
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.
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.]]>
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]]>
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]]>