UNODC Engagement with Civil Society on Drugs and Crime

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 Team (CST) is the main entry point for non-governmental stakeholders and serves as a bridge between these stakeholders and UNODC substantive offices, field offices and Member States. Located within the Office of the Director for the Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs of UNODC, the CST carries out the following main functions:

  • Supporting the participation of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in intergovernmental meetings, in line with relevant UNODC mandates and rules of procedure for the respective intergovernmental bodies
  • Building capacity of non-governmental stakeholders to help them improve their knowledge of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC) and the Protocols Thereto, and related International Drug Policy Instruments. It does so together with relevant substantive offices
  • Maintaining a database of non-governmental stakeholders

The CST 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 CST 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.

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.


Launch of UNODC video on UNTOC and it Review Mechanism

UNODC`s Stakeholder Engagement on UNTOC project (SE4U), launches an introductory video on UNTOC, its Review Mechanism and how non-governmental stakeholders can get involved in countering transnational organized crime.

Learn more here.

Read about CSU side events at COP10 here.


Launch of UNODC Toolkit on Stakeholder Engagement for the Implementation of UNTOC (18June 2020)

This toolkit aims to ensure the effective implementation of the UNTOC, and promote systematic and comprehensive engagement with non-governmental stakeholders in line with the COP-UNTOC Resolution 9/1.

Download the Toolkit here.

Webinars on the World Drug Report 2020 for Civil Society

In July 2020 the UNODC Civil Society Team (CST) held a series of webinars in cooperation with the UNODC Research Section and the Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs (VNGOC) with the aim to disseminate the information contained in the World Drug Report (WDR) among relevant civil society stakeholders.

Find out more information here.

Upcoming Events

UNODC Online Training on the UNTOC (Asia): 10-12 November 2020 (deadline for applications: 30 October)

Public-Private Partnership Regional Expert Group Meeting for Europe: 24-26 November 2020

Public-Private Partnership Regional Expert Group Meeting for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean: 9-10 December 2020

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