UNODC Engagement with Civil Society on Drug and Crime Prevention

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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.


The chairs of umbrella partner NGOs celebrate with UNODC on its 20th anniversary


Today, the three heads of UNODC's civil society networks were in attendance when the UNODC celebrated its 20 th anniversary at the Vienna International Centre. The event highlighted UNODC's achievements in the past 20 years in combating drugs, crime, corruption and terrorism, and focused on the current challenges the Organization and the international community are facing, as well as the opportunities for the future. ( Read more)

#ListenFirst on the World Drug Day 2017


On 26 June 2017, the United Nations, governments, civil society, the media and citizens around the world will observe the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking to raise awareness about the impact of drug abuse and illicit trafficking of drugs. The theme is   Listen First - Listening to children and youth is the first step to help them grow healthy and safe. ( Find out how to get involved)

Informal dialogue of the Chair of the 26th session of the CCPCJ with NGOs  

Multi-stakeholder conference on SDGs    

In order to discuss the proceeding of the twenty-sixth session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) and exchange information about the preparations for fourteenth Crime Congress due to take place in 2020 in Japan, an informal dialogue of the Chair of the Commission with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) took place on 25 May 2017. (  Read more)

Civil society is a key actor in preventing and countering violent extremism conducive to terrorism 


Multi-stakeholder conference on SDGs    

Violent extremism and terrorism have be come global phenomena that require collective efforts from all stakeholders of the international community. Aiming to share good practices and experiences in preventing and countering violent extremism, the Civil Society Team organized a side event cosponsored by the government of the United Kingdom on the margins of the 26th session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice on 24 May. ( Read more)


UNODC hosts a multi-stakeholder conference with the vision towards boosting sustainable development


Multi-stakeholder conference on SDGs

With a vision towards boosting sustainable development, UNODC hosted the 2017 ACUNS Vienna UN Conference from 17 to 19 January 2017 to discuss how Vienna-based UN organizations are implementing the 2030 Agenda. The conference brought together representatives of UN agencies, civil society, the diplomatic community, academia, and young people to discuss actions, potentials and challenges linked to the realization of the Agenda. Over 400 participants registered for the conference.  (Read more)


UNODC and Germany cooperate on a side event - enhancing cooperation in countering violent extremism and transnational organized crime


On the margins of the 8th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention  against Transnational Organized Crime, a side-event was organized by the UNODC's Civil Society Team and Germany. The discussion highlighted the need for closer collaboration between governments, civil society and the United Nations to progress efficiently and inclusively in the prevention and fight against emerging threats of terrorism and violent extremism.     (Read more)


Defusing religious extremism: Building the capacity of conservative religious communities as key partners in counter-terrorism efforts


The 25th session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) was convened on 23 - 27 May 2016 in Vienna under the thematic discussion   criminal justice responses to prevent and counter terrorism.  On this occasion   (Read more)


UNGASS 2016: Call for NGO Registration now open until 28 March 2016


25 February 2016 - The Special Session of the General Assembly on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS 2016) will be convened from 19 to 21 April 2016 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The program of side events begins on 18 April 2016 with an NGO forum. The UNGASS 2016 will feature a general debate plenary and five interactive, multi-stakeholder round tables conducted in parallel with the plenary. (Read more)


A milestone civil society event in the preparation of UNGASS 2016


Amb.Shamaa, Ms. Asia Ashraf

In New York, on 10 February 2016, an Informal Interactive Stakeholder Consultation in support of preparatory process towards UNGASS 2016 was convened by the President of the UN General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Mogens Lykketoft, together with the Civil Society Task Force for UNGASS 2016 (CSTF) at the United Nations Headquarters. The event was opened by high profile speakers, among which the Secretary-General of the United Nations, H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon (Read more)


Civil Society Task Force for UNGASS 2016: National and Regional Consultations


Sub-Saharan Africa, 24 September - 6 October 2015/India, 31 October 2015 - The Civil Society Task Force (CSTF) for the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the world drug problem in 2016 undertook national and regional consultations in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. During these meetings, civil society organisations (CSOs) working on drug related issues were informed of the ongoing preparatory process for UNGASS 2016 and were introduced to the work of the CSTF. (Read more)


Marketplace gives Visibility to Grassroots NGOs Working on Drugs


Vienna, 13 March 2015 - The concept of Marketplace - a social innovation tool designed by the VNGOC and the UNODC Civil Society Team - was presented during a side event held on the margins of the 58 th session of the CND. The Marketplace is an online platform that will help bridge local action and global priorities in the area of drug prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and alternative development, significantly reducing impact gaps. (Read more)


Civil Society Engages in UNGASS 2016 Preparatory Process


The Civil Society Task Force (CSTF) was introduced on the occasion of the fourth Civil Society Hearing on 9 March 2015. The CSTF was designed to ensure a balanced and inclusive civil society engagement and coordination in the preparatory process of the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the world drug problem in 2016. (Read more).


NGOs Engage in the Post-2015 Development Debate


On 5 December 2014, civil society representatives came together in Vienna to contribute to the ongoing debate on the post-2015 development agenda, in the lead up to the Special Summit on Sustainable Development, to be held in September 2015 in New York. (Read more).


Launch of the Civil Society Task Force


Civil society is preparing for the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the world drug problem in 2016. (Read more).


Participation of NGOs in CTOC/COP7


Over 90 participants, representing more than 50 NGOs and NGO umbrella organisations around the world participated in the 7th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organised Crime (CTOC/COP7), which took place on 6-10 October 2014. (Read more).


Addressing the links between corruption and Transnational Organized Crime


Transnational organized crime is fuelled by corruption. (Read more).


NGO Participation to the 23rd session of CPCJP


At its 23rd annual session (12-16 May 2014), the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) welcomed 81 NGO representatives from 37 organizations around the world. (Read more).


Civil Society Engagement at the 57th session of the CND High-Level Review


At its 57th annual session (13-21 March 2014), the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) welcomed 230 NGO representatives from 67 organizations around the world. (Read more).


NGO Participation at the 22nd session of the CCPCJ


At its 22nd annual session (22-26 April, 2013), the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) welcomed 96 NGO representatives from 38 organizations around the world. (Read more).


NGO Participation to 56th session of CND


At its 56th annual session (11-15 March, 2013), the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) welcomed 164 NGO representatives from 56 organizations around the world. (Read more).


Symposium on Femicide


On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (25 November), the Academic Council on the United Nations System and the Small Arms Survey organized a symposium on Femicide. (Read more).


NGO Participation at 6th session of the COP/CTOC







Events 2017-2018 

  • Joint reconvened session of the CND and CCPCJ, Vienna, 7-8 December 2017 - link    and link
  • 7th session of the CoSP UNCAC, Vienna, 6-10 November 2017 - link Guidelines for NGO participation -  link .  
  • CND UNGASS Follow-up thematic discussions, Vienna, 26-28 Sept. 2017, 16-18 Oct. 2017 and 16-17 Nov. 2017
  • World Drug Day, 26 June 2017 - link to Listen First Campaign
  • 8th session of the IRG, Vienna, 19-23 June 2017 - link
  • 26th session of the CCPCJ,   Vienna, 22-26 May 2017 -   link  
  • 60th session of the CND, Vienna, 13-17 March 2017 - link

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