Vienna NGO Committee

Welcome to the Vienna Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Committee on Drugs (VNGOC) e-home! Unfortunately, the VNGOC website has been hacked and lost much of its content. We are working on updating it, but hope you understand that it is currently not possible to maintain the high level of published background documentation as in the previous years.



  • CSTF Recommendations for "Zero Draft" of the Outcome Document for UNGASS 2016      
  • The Civil Society Task Force for UNGASS 20161 respectfully submits these  recommendations and priority areas for inclusion in the UNGASS outcome document. These recommendations are based on a preliminary compilation of the results the Global Civil Society Survey, which was distributed to NGOs all over the world, as well as on prior civil society collaborations including Civil Society Hearings and the Declaration adopted in connection with Beyond 2008. Other issues considered important by civil society for UNGASS and its preparations, concrete outcome expectations of civil society for UNGASS, and thoughts from civil society on how to define success and the long-term impact of UNGASS 2016, follow the recommendations.
    Additional information and recommendations will be finalised after the report on the survey is finalised and the ongoing global regional and thematic consultations are completed and the results consolidated, later in 2015.

The global civil society survey for UNGASS 2016 is available online here. In order to collect the important input from civil society around the world, we encourage you to complete the survey and share it with interested colleagues. More language options will be available soon.

  • CND 2015

For information on the VNGOC programme and meetings during CND 2015, please refer to the link on the left of the page.

The VNGOC Guide to CND 2015 is available here

The agenda for the Civil Society Hearing on 9 March 2015 from 2:45pm-6:00pm in BR-A, M.building is avaialble here.

The draft annotated agenda of the VNGOC Meeting on 12 March, from 3:30pm-6:30pm, M3, M-Building is avaialble here.


  • The VNGOC and the New York NGO Committee on Drugs (NYNGOC) join forces to bring the voices of civil society to the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on Drugs (UNGASS) in 2016 through a Civil Society Task Force.

     The Task Force was officially launched at an event in the VIC on 3 December 2014, with the support of the Governments of the Kingdom of Norway, Italy, Sweden, Mexico and the United States of America. Read the summary of the event, along with the programme.

     The Civil Society Task Force is a joint venture between the VNGOC and the NYNGOC, and open to all civil society actors with an interest in the field of drugs, regardless of membership in the committees. Further information about the Task Force is available here.

    After a long planning phase, in which the membership was consulted several times, a proposal and terms of reference have been finalized. The Task Force will consist of 26 members, 18 regional representatives, 4 representatives of affected populations and a 4 person steering committee.Candidates for membership in the Taskforce are currently being evaluated, stay tuned for updates.


  •  The VNGOC hosted a Civil Society Hearing at the UN HQ in New York, USA on 10 October 2014, including a number of NGO colleagues from the Americas and high-ranking United Nations Officials. Have a look at the agenda of the event and watch the recording online . Also available are a copy of the statement of VNGOC Acting Chair Esbjörn Hörnberg, the speech
    of UN DSG Jan Eliasson and the remarks of UNODC Executive Director Fedotov
  • To see what is new, go to Updates on the top menu bar
  • Read the outcome document of the 3rd Informal Civil Society Hearing held during CND 2014 here and  the official CND document here.
  • Read the VNGOC Guide to CND to see how you can contribute to the development of national and international drug policy, even if you cannot be present for the sessions of CND.
  • To get  a brief introduction to our work, download our Brochure
  • To learn about the history, activities and organisation of the VNGOC go to "About the VNGOC" on the side menu bar
  • To know about the global NGO consensus on drug policy and practice facilitated by the VNGOC, go to "Beyond 2008 Forum" on the side menu bar for background documents and the consultation process or "Beyond 2008 Resolutions" for the global consensus documents
  • To get information about the UN drug control system and how NGOs can contribute, go to "CND" section on the side menu bar
  • To learn how you can contribute to the development of drug policy and practice nationally and internationally, go to "Advocacy" on the side menu bar
  • To become part of the VNGOC, download and return the membership application form.
  • To let others know about your events, download and return the notification form or let us have a short report about your activities and publications                                                                                                             
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