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 July 2017 the Economic and Social Council adopted decision 2017/236 put forward by the Commission on Narcotic Drugs at its 60th session and the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice at its 26th session to renew the mandate of the working group until the first half of 2021. Recommendations on the work of the group are contained in Commission on Narcotic Drugs resolution 60/3 and Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice resolution 26/1.
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.