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.
Through GLOU68, UNODC Civil Society Unit (CSU) is the main entry point for non-governmental stakeholders and serves as a bridge between these stakeholders and UNODC substantive offices, field offices and the Member States. Located within the Office of the Director for the Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs of UNODC, the CSU carries out the following main functions:
The CSU carries out these functions in close collaboration with relevant UNODC substantive offices, including Crime and Economic Branch, Organized Crime Branch, Drug Prevention and Health Branch, the Secretariat to the Governing Bodies, and relevant Field Offices. The CSU also partners with umbrella organizations such as the UNCAC Coalition, Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs, and the Alliance of NGOs on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice.
Anti-Corruption Civil Society Forum prior to COSP10 UNCAC
Prior to the 10th session of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption, the United States, UNODC and the UNCAC Coalition are convening the first-ever Anti-Corruption Civil Society Forum on Sunday 10 December 2023. This forum will provide a platform to highlight the essential role civil society plays in anti-corruption efforts and explore the most pressing anti-corruption issues faced by governments and civil society alike. Read more on the Anti-Corruption Civil Society Forum here.
2023 Constructive Dialogues for UNTOC review
The 2023 Constructive Dialogue (CD) for the Review Mechanism of the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC) and the Protocols thereto will take place in hybrid format (in Vienna, Austria and online) on the following dates:
SE4U Self-Paced Course on UNTOC and its Review Mechanism: 25 September to 5 November
Constructive Dialogue on Trafficking in Persons: 4 October
Constructive Dialogue on Smuggling of Migrants: 9 October
CND thematic intersessional: 23-25 October
CND thematic discussions: 4-6 December
Reconvened CND/CCPCJ: 7-8 December
The tenth session of the Conference of the States Parties (COSP) to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC): preparatory events - Academic symposium: 9 December
The tenth session of the Conference of the States Parties (COSP) to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC): preparatory events - Civil society forum and youth event: 10 December
The tenth session of the Conference of the States Parties (COSP) to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC): 11-15 December
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