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CCSA and Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs

​​​The Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs (VNGOC) supports the work of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), provides information on the activities of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and involves a wide sector of civil society to raise awareness of global drug policies.

The VNGOC is a vital link between NGOs, government departments and international agencies involved in drug policy, strategy and control, including UNODC, the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) and the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB).

​Beyond 2008

CCSA’s former CEO, Michel Perron led in organizing Beyond 2008, an international forum that brought together NGOs from around the world and led to the acceptance of three resolutions to uphold the value and contributions of NGOs to drug policy.

Learn about CCSA’s leadership role in Beyond 2008.

The UNODC deemed Beyond 2008 a “success story” and championed its continuation by introducing a second phase, Looking Beyond: Towards a Stronger Partnership with Civil Society Organizations on Drugs and Crime. The UNODC has also extended this model of partnership engagement to other areas of its mandate.​

VNGOC and global drug policy

Building upon the success of the Beyond 2008 forum, the VNGOC now hosts an informal Civil Society Hearing, often during the annual session of the CND. This hearing typically focuses on strengthening relationships and commitments between civil society and government bodies.​​

The VNGOC also participates in the United Nations International Day Against Drug Abuse.