Beyond 2019: An African Civil Society Common Position on Drugs

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. 

Building on developments at the international level – including the March 2019 Ministerial Declaration on strengthening actions for the world drug problem and the recently adopted African Union Plan of Action on Drug Control – please find the final draft ‘African Civil Society Common Position on Drugs’ here. The document seeks to incorporate the perspectives and guide the work of a wide range of NGOs from across the African continent, and help to shape and guide civil society and governmental responses over the coming years. The VNGOC is delighted to be supporting this initiative alongside our African partners.

The document originates from a consensus-building partnership forum organised by the Slum Child Foundation in Nairobi, Kenya in April 2019. Since that meeting, the document has been through two rounds of consultation. A first draft was shared with civil society partners across Africa for their inputs and suggestions via email in June 2019. A revised version was then discussed by civil society organisations during the meeting of the African Union STC on Health, Population and Drug Control at the end of July 2019.

We ware therefore 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. The final version of the Common Position will then be prepared in both English and French for NGOs to formally sign-up to the document in early 2020.

Please share this document widely, and send your comments and suggestions to info@vngoc.org by Friday 29th November. Only comments and suggestions from Africa-based NGOs will be considered at this stage.

The final version, with sign-ons from across the continent, will then be formally launched and presented at the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in March 2020.

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