What we do
A Vital Link
We are a vital link between civil society and UN agencies, promoting contacts and collaboration with the relevant international agencies, offices and fora.
An Information Hub
We provide information on NGO activities and draw attention to areas of concern.
Connecting civil society
We build partnerships between governmental and non-governmental organisations and involve a wide sector of civil society in contributing to the development of global drug policies.
The committee is a vital link between NGO's and the key intergovernmental and international agencies involved in drug policy, strategy and control: the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), the International Narcotics Control Board and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Established in 1983, the Committee works with these organisations to provide information on NGO activities, draw attention to areas of concern, build partnerships between governmental and non-governmental organisations and to involve a wide sector of civil society in contributing to the development of global drug policies.
The VNGOC is composed of members representing international, national and local NGOs and represents a key mechanism for NGOs to substantively contribute to global drug policy. I urge you to learn more about the VNGOC by exploring this web site and then to contribute to its work through applying for membership by completing the Membership Application Form and returning it to membership[@]vngoc.org
In the VNGOC consultation in 2019, several respondents called for more efforts to facilitate conversations and bridge-building between the broad range of NGOs that comprise the VNGOC membership. It is therefore our pleasure to invite all civil society representatives at the CND to attend the first “Finding Common Ground” event. If such informal discussions prove to be of value for the VNGOC membership, it is hoped that they can become a mainstay of the CND calendar, potentially tackling a different related topic each year.Read more about Finding Common Ground: A civil society conversation about prevention
After three rounds of consultation the African Civil Society Common Position on Drugs is now ready for sign ons!Read more about African Civil Society Common Position on Drugs
The full list of eligible candidates for the VNGOC Board Election as well as details on the voting procedures are now available:Read more about VNGOC Board Election 2020 – Candidates and Voting Procedures
Call for Applications: Expert meeting on Stigmatizing Attitudes in January 2020 (DEADLINE: 20 November)
We are looking for two experts on Stigmatizing Attitudes. Funding to cover travel costs is available. Deadline for application: 20 November 2019, 23.55 CET. Read more about Call for Applications: Expert meeting on Stigmatizing Attitudes in January 2020 (DEADLINE: 20 November)
We ware inviting all African NGOs to take part in a final round of consultation of this draft – by sending their comments and thoughts by Friday 29th November. Read more about Beyond 2019: An African Civil Society Common Position on Drugs
On September 23rd 2019 the VNGOC together with the UNCAC Coalition and the Alliance of NGOs on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice held a welcome briefing open to all government missions, UN colleagues, civil society partners and other stakeholders – but was especially aimed at those who have recently arrived in Vienna over the summer. Read more about Amplifying the Voices of NGOs: Introducing the Civil Society Umbrella Groups in Vienna