The United Nations General Assembly will hold a Special Session (UNGASS) on drugs on April 19th -21st, 2016 (UNGASS 2016). This is the most significant opportunity to hold a global and in-depth discussion on drugs in almost 20 years. The beneficial role civil society can play in the preparation for this meeting has been widely acknowledged by the United Nations.

With the support of the United Nations, the Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs (VNGOC) and the New York NGO Committee on Drugs (NYNGOC) joined forces to launch the Civil Society Task Force (CSTF) for the UNGASS 2016. The CSTF is designed to secure civil society engagement and coordination in order to effectively include NGO voices in the UNGASS. The VNGOC and the NYNGOC have overseen the composition of the CSTF, aiming for an overall balance in terms of both geography and approaches to drug policies and interventions.

The CSTF has put together an UNGASS 2016 Global Civil Society Survey, which is designed to provide an initial assessment on the civil society work in the field of drugs, as well as to measure the awareness and level of knowledge and interest in participating actively at the UNGASS 2016 initiative at the regional and global levels. The results will provide an overview of

  • the work of NGOs active in the drug field
  • areas of expertise
  • key priorities and concerns to be addressed
  • best practices.

Your experience is essential in the UNGASS preparatory process. Please complete the survey, which will take no longer than 30 minutes of your time but provide invaluable information for us to bring to global policy makers at the United Nations for the UNGASS preparation and beyond. Your responses will be confidential and any identifying information is solely for the CSTF’s record keeping.

Click here to access the survey, now available in English, French, Spanish, Chinese and Persian.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact info@vngoc.org.

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