The standing open-ended intergovernmental working group on improving the governance and financial situation of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime was established in 2009 by the Economic and Social Council in its decision 2009/251. Its terms of reference are contained in Commission on Narcotic Drugs resolution 52/13 and Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice resolution 18/3.
In 2022, the mandate of the working group was extended for an unlimited period of time by ECOSOC its decision 2022/316, which also established new working methods of the group. Recommendations on the substantive focus of the work of the group are contained in Commission on Narcotic Drugs resolution 64/7 and Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice resolution 30/3.
The working group deals with governance and financial matters, the consolidated budget of UNODC, evaluation and oversight, human resources management, mainstreaming a gender perspective into the practices, policies and programmes of the Office and progress made by UNODC in implementing its regional and global programmes.
The working group is led by a Bureau comprising one Chair, one First Vice-Chair and three Vice-Chairs, representing the five regional groups.
Under the agenda item on ”Strategic management, budgetary and administrative questions” during the regular and reconvened sessions, the two Commissions have before them for consideration related reports and other relevant documentation.