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.


<p>Panel of speakers during the first webinar</p>

Panel of speakers during the first webinar

UNODC partners with FBO Coalition on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

On 11 May 2020, the Coalition of Faith-Based Organizations (FBOs) launched its first session in a series of webinars focusing on key themes related to crime prevention and social justice. The initiative aims at raising awareness of the work and inform on the possibilities for FBOs to get engaged and make an impact, and is facilitated by the FBO Coalition, with support from UNODC`s Civil Society Team and KAICIID International Dialogue Centre(KAICIID). Read more here.

Call for proposal: Grants scheme for UNCAC implementation

The Civil Society Team (CST) is pleased to invite CSOs from 10 countries in Latin America and eight countries in South East Asia to apply for a grant which aims to fast-track the implementation of the UN Convention against Corruption in different regions. Read more here


On 20 February 2020, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) convened civil society organisations (CSOs) from across South America and Mexico in Quito to report on work undertaken and design initiatives for collaboration to  fast-track the United Nations Convention against Corruption's (UNCAC) implementation in the region. Read more here.

Following a broad and inclusive process of consultation among NGOs from accross Africa, the “Beyond 2019: An African Civil Society Common Position on Drugs” was launched at the 63rd session of the CND. The event was hosted by the CST and co-sponsored by Slum Child Foundation, the African Union and the Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs. Read more here

With kind support from

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

This is the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, in short EBRD