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.
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.
Applications for the 2023 Constructive Dialogues for UNTOC review now open
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:
Reliable data needed to address human trafficking
The recently published UNODC 2022 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons presents findings of the trafficking patterns and flows, including during the COVID-19 pandemic. Following the Report’s launch on 24 January, UNODC Civil Society Unit and the Research and Trend Analysis Branch in cooperation with the Alliance of NGOs on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice organised an interactive presentation for civil society on the main findings of the 2022 Global Report on TIP.
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The 66th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) 2023 13-17 March 2023, Vienna, Austria
Events for Civil SocietyThe Civil Society Unit is organizing several events for civil society organizations in the margins of the 66th CND, including informal dialogues with UNODC Executive Director and the CND Chair and several side events that are of interest to NGOs.
Launch of WhatsOn Phase II: 6 March
Fourth intersessional consultation of the Ad Hoc Committee: 6-7 March
The 66th session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND): 13-17 March
Launch of WhatsOn Phase II for WhatsOn Members: 13 March, 16 March, 21 March, 22 March
SE4U Self-Paced Course on UNTOC and its Review Mechanism: AR|EN|FR|SP: 13 March–31 May
Online Workshop: Stakeholder Engagement in the Implementation of the Review Mechanism of the UNTOC: 4-6 April
Fifth session of the Ad Hoc Committee: 11-21 April
Constructive Dialogue on Firearms: 5 May
32nd Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ): 22-26 May
Constructive Dialogue on Technical Assistance: 31 May
14th session UNCAC IRG. WG on Corruption: 12-16 June
Fifth intersessional consultation of the Ad Hoc Committee: 20-21 June
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