As functional Commissions of the Economic and Social Council, the Commissions contribute to the work of the ECOSOC and the General Assembly of the United Nations.
The General Assembly discusses drug- and crime-related issues under its agenda item entitled "Drug control, crime prevention and combating international terrorism in all its forms and manifestations". This item is considered at the Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Affairs Committee of the General Assembly, commonly referred to as the "Third Committee", in early October each year.
For the consideration by the General Assembly of this agenda item, a number of pre-session documents are prepared, including the annual Report of the Secretary-General on International cooperation against the world drug problem and the Report of the Secretary-General on the Implementation of the mandates of the United Nations crime prevention and criminal justice programme, with particular reference to the technical cooperation activities of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
Specific CND and CCPCJ resolutions / decisions request the ECOSOC to recommend these resolutions and decisions for adoption by the General Assembly. These resolutions and decisions are included in the reports of the respective Commissions and appear under the Chapter entitled "Matters calling for action by the Economic and Social Council or brought to its attention: Draft resolutions to be recommended by the Economic and Social Council for adoption by the General Assembly." Once adopted by the General Assembly, these resolutions and decisions become General Assembly resolutions and decisions and are given a General Assembly symbol. In addition to these, the General Assembly also adopts a number of drug-related and crime-related resolutions and decisions.
The CND and the CCPCJ are both subsidiary bodies of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and form two of the nine functional commissions of the Council.
The work of ECOSOC and of the Commissions is linked through the agenda of the Council. The reports of the Commissions are considered by the Council during the General Segment of its substantive session each year, held toward the end of July, under the agenda item entitled "Social and human rights questions."
The report of each Commission is adopted at the end of their respective sessions, and includes a number of resolutions and decisions adopted by the Commissions, some of which may be for adoption by the Council or for recommendation by the Council for adoption by the General Assembly. These resolutions and decisions appear in the reports under the Chapter entitled "Matters calling for action by the Economic and Social Council or brought to its attention." Once adopted by the Council, these resolutions and decisions become ECOSOC resolutions and decisions and are given an ECOSOC symbol.