APPLICATION PERIOD: 6 January to 17 January 2020

If you want to organise a side event please follow the guidelines set by the Secretariat to the Governing Bodies (SGB).

Side events during the Commission on Narcotic Drugs 63rd regular session (2-6 March 2020) may be organized by Member States, UN entities, international organizations and NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC.

Only one event per organizer will be accepted. The time slots for side events are between 9 and 10 a.m., 1 and 2 p.m., and 2 and 3 p.m. for 50 minutes each.

Topics of side events must be thematically relevant to the work of the respective Commission. Member States cannot be made the focus of an event without their engagement.

Applications for side events should be made by submitting the application form to the Secretariat to the Governing Bodies ( within the application period. Please note that only complete applications received within the deadlines will be considered.

How side event applications are selected

The Secretariat tries to accommodate as many requests as possible that meet the eligibility criteria (see above). Events will be accommodated in order of receipt of the application (“first come, first served”). High-level events will be accommodated first, before all other submissions, followed by events submitted by Member States.

Organizers wishing to hold an event on a similar topic may be encouraged to merge their events. We therefore strongly encourage all our members to cooperate and merge events when possible.

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