Organisational arrangements for the 65th CND – how Civil Society can participate

The CND Secretariat has published the proposed arrangements for the 65th regular session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) which will take place 14-18 March 2022 in a hybrid format: https://www.unodc.org/documents/commissions/CND/CND_Sessions/CND_65/65_CND_org_arrangements_2_February_2022.pdf

The sessions of the Plenary and the Committee of the Whole (CoW) will be conducted in a hybrid format with adjusted meeting times for the Plenary to allow for online interpretation. The meeting times of the plenary will be 10am to 12noon CET, 2pm to 4pm CET and 6pm to 8pm CET. 

All side events will be held online.

Participation and Registration:

NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC can register up to 5 participants with the possibility to come in-person or join online. 
In person participation for NGOs will be significantly reduced. At any given time 8 seats  for NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC will be reserved in the plenary hall. The in-person slots for NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC will be determined through the Civil Society Unit of UNODC and the Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs.

All registered participants will be able to join the online conference platform and plenary meetings will be publicly webcast in all UN languages. All those who do not need to speak can follow the proceedings there.

NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC wishing to attend online or in person will need to follow the usual registration progress via the INDICO platform. We’ll update you as soon as this is possible. 

NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC that plan to attend in person and want to access the plenary meeting room will need to fill out a short online form so that the VNGOC together with the UNODC Civil Society Unit can coordinate the available seats. 

Statements:

Speaking time for oral statements will be limited to three minutes. NGOs will be able to make statements, time permitting.
Due to the limited time available, VNGOC has been asked to coordinate speakers. NGOs planning to make an oral intervention during the CND should therefore also fill out the above short online form. 

Instead of delivering a statement “live” either online or in person, NGOs may submit pre-recorded video statements for the general debate. The statements have to comply with the time limitation and technical requirements. The videos need to be transmitted to unov-conference.statements@un.org by 7 March 2022. For the technical requirements, please consult the guide on video statements published on the website of the Commissions.

Written statements can be submitted as usual, and need to be sent to the CND Secretariat (unodc-sgb@un.org) two weeks prior to the start of the session i.e. 28th February 2022. Please make sure to observe the guidelines for written submissions

We will keep you updated on any developments and will follow up with more details as soon as possible. 
In the meantime we invite you to also attend the upcoming informal VNGOC meeting on CND engagement that will also include an open Q&A session with the CND Secretariat.
February 24th at 1PM CET
Interpretation in French, Russian & Spanish will be available

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