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
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
In March 2019, the VNGOC members requested the Board to engage in a consultation of our members and other important partners on the future of the Committee, and to present recommendations by March 2020. Read more about Give your opinion on the future of the VNGOC
In November 2018, the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) adopted the first ever “United Nations system Common Position supporting the implementation of the international drug control policy through effective inter-agency collaboration”. The CEB is the main instrument for coordination between 31 UN agencies – including the UNODC. Read more about Introducing the UN System’s new Common Position on Drugs
The fourth CND intersessional meeting took place on June 24th 2019 in Vienna. Read more about 4th CND Intersessional 2019 & Multiyear work plan
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