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CIVIL SOCIETY TASK FORCE FOR UNGASS 2016 - EVALUATION
The CSTF is currently conducting an evaluation to capture the level of satisfaction of civil society at large on the work done by the Civil Society Task Force (CSTF) in the preparatory process of and during the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) and its impact on it. We are also interested in your opinion about the future and the role the CSTF could eventually play in view of 2019, i.e. the final review of the 2009 Political Declaration and Plan of Action on International Cooperation towards an Integrated and Balanced Strategy to Counter the World Drug Problem.
The Civil Society Task Force for UNGASS 20161 respectfully submitsthese recommendations and priority areasfor inclusion in the UNGASS outcome document. These recommendations are based on a preliminary compilation of the results theGlobal 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 theDeclaration 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.
For information on the VNGOC programme and meetings during CND 2015, please refer to the link on the left of the page.
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.
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.
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