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
The fourth CND intersessional meeting took place on June 24th 2019 in Vienna. The main agenda items encompassed a Q & A with the World Health Organisation regarding the proposed scheduling recommendations by WHO on cannabis and cannabis – related substances and the adoption of the CND work plan for the next few years. Our chair, Jamie Bridge, made an intervention about the 2019 Ministerial Segment follow-up discussions and the multiyear work plan. Read more about 4th CND Intersessional 2019
On 26 June 2019, the United Nations, governments, non-governmental organizations, 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. Read more about World Drug Day 2019
The 2nd INCB civil society hearing 2019 took place on May 8, 2019 at the Vienna International Centre on the topic of “Young People and Drugs”. Representatives of civil society and the members of the International Narcotic Control Board discussed the importance of preventing drug abuse among young people and measures to reduce harms and treat drug use among youth. Read more about INCB Civil Society Hearing 2019
We kicked off the the Ministerial Segment of the 62nd CND with a morning briefing for NGOs. The slides containing all information are available here: NGO Briefing Slides
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 2019 – Candidates and Voting Procedures
The CSTF has published the full report of the Global Civil Society Consultation conducted in 2018. The report is available on the CSTF website.
We are looking for Civil society speakers for the CSTF Civil Society Hearings in New York and Vienna in the beginning of February 2019.
Deadline: 09 January 2019 at 11:55 p.m. CET Read more about Call for Applications: CSTF Civil Society Hearings in New York and Vienna
The results from the Civil Society Task Force Global Online Consultation will be launched on December 5th 2018, 1.30 pm at the Vienna International Centre (Conference Room C-1, 2nd floor C-Building). Read more about RESULTS FROM THE GLOBAL CONSULTATION OF THE CIVIL SOCIETY TASK FORCE (CSTF)
At the October and November intersessional meetings of the 61st Commission on Drugs (CND) 22 civil society experts shared their work and viewpoints with the commission on various issues. Read their statements and watch their video messages!