UNODC Engagement with Civil Society on Drugs and Crime

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 Team (CST) is the main entry point for non-governmental stakeholders and serves as a bridge between these stakeholders and UNODC substantive offices, field offices and Member States. Located within the Office of the Director for the Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs of UNODC, the CST carries out the following main functions:

  • Supporting the participation of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in intergovernmental meetings, in line with relevant UNODC mandates and rules of procedure for the respective intergovernmental bodies
  • Building capacity of non-governmental stakeholders to help them improve their knowledge of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC) and the Protocols Thereto, and related International Drug Policy Instruments. It does so together with relevant substantive offices
  • Maintaining a database of non-governmental stakeholders

The CST 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 CST 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.


UNODC Online Training - Stakeholder Engagement for the Implementation of the UNTOC (Africa and Europe)

UNODC is pleased to invite NGOs, academics and private sector representatives from Africa and Europe to apply for the participation in the upcoming training on Stakeholder Engagement for the Implementation of the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC). The online training aims at (i) strengthening knowledge and capacity of NGOs, academics and the private sector on the UNTOC; (ii) preparing them for participation in the Review Mechanism, including constructive dialogues with government authorities and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC); and (iii) supporting them identify joint actions on ground to counter transnational organized crime.

Training date: 15-17 September 2020.

Who is eligible to apply? Representatives of NGOs, academics and the private sector from the Africa and Europe with vested interest in countering transnational organized crime.

Deadline for application: 31 August 2020.

Visit the training page for more information.


Launch of UNODC Toolkit on Stakeholder Engagement for the Implementation of UNTOC (18June 2020)

This toolkit aims to ensure the effective implementation of the UNTOC, and promote systematic and comprehensive engagement with non-governmental stakeholders in line with the COP-UNTOC Resolution 9/1.

Download the Toolkit here.

Webinars on the World Drug Report 2020 for Civil Society

In July 2020 the UNODC Civil Society Team (CST) held a series of webinars in cooperation with the UNODC Research Section and the Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs (VNGOC) with the aim to disseminate the information contained in the World Drug Report (WDR) among relevant civil society stakeholders. Find out more information here.

Upcoming Events

UNODC Online Training on the UNTOC (Africa&Europe): 15-17 September 2020 (deadline for applications: 31 August)

UNODC Online Consultation on Public-Private Partnership for the UNTOC: 19 August 2020 (registration. Deadline: 5 August 2020)

10th session of COP UNTOC in Vienna (12-16 October 2020)

Intersessional meeting of the COSP on preparations for UNGASS against corruption (week 0f 31 August - TBC)

NGO Briefing on the margins of the 1st resumed 11th session of the IRG (week of 31 August - TBC)

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