UNODC & CIVIL SOCIETY

Strategic engagement with civil society on drugs

The 2019 Ministerial Declaration of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) as well as the 2016 Outcome Document of the UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on Drugs recognize the important role of civil society in addressing the “World Drug Problem”.

UNODC supports Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) participation in relevant drug-related policy discussions and meetings, particularly the CND regular and intersessional meetings and encourages the increased dialogue between NGOs, member states and UN entities, through the Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs (VNGOC).

UNODC also provides capacity building workshops using the guide for NGOs developed jointly by UNODC and the VNGOC.

News and Events

Civil society is an active partner in the work of UNODC and both member states and UNODC recognize the important role of civil society. Find information on our newest initiatives and events. Read more news and events here.

NGO participation in the CND

NGOs in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) are invited to observe and participate in the CND regular and intersessional meetings. Learn more about the possibilities to effectively engage.  Find out more here.

NGO Marketplace

The “NGO Marketplace” is a joint project of UNODC and the VNGOC that gives NGOs the opportunity to present their work, exchange expertise, network and raise awareness about their work in the field of drug policy. Visit the NGO Marketplace website

Guidelines and Resources

UNODC supports NGOs to engage more effectively with member states and UN entities and has collected and published several guidelines and resources. Find out more here.

Capacity Building

UNODC provides capacity building workshops using the guide for NGOs developed jointly by UNODC and the VNGOC.

Interested NGOs are encouraged to write to  unodc-ngounit@un.org.

Civil Society umbrella partner

Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs

Created in 1983, the goal of the  Vienna NGO Committee is to ensure that NGOs and civil society organizations are able to contribute to global drug policymaking.

The Committee is currently composed of members representing international, national and local NGOs and represents a key mechanism for NGOs to substantively contribute. It is always participating in the CND and related events. For more information, please contact  info@vngoc.org.