The “Marketplace” is an innovative online platform that gives non-governmental organizations (NGOs) the opportunity to present their work, exchange expertise, network, raise awareness and fundraise. It is a joint United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and Vienna NGO Committee (VNGOC) project, officially launched on 18 April 2016 in New York, prior to UNGASS 2016. This virtual space expands civil society connectivity and amplifies the valuable input NGOs provide to the implementation of drug related services and policies at all levels.
In addition, the platform has social media features, to enhance the communication potential of this tool. NGOs that are part of the platform are able to create online profiles, where they present their work and areas of interest as well as expertise. It is easy to search for other organizations from around the globe that have similar interests or activities, and it is even easier to connect with potential new partners. The Marketplace allows NGOs to share their experiences and learn from others in an intuitive and user-friendly way.
The VNGOC holds the proprietary rights over “Marketplace” and monitors and moderates the activities taking place on the platform. The use of the platform is free of charge and open to all active civil society organizations (CSOs). Membership in the VNGOC is not required, but encouraged.
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