Building on the success of the Beyond 2008 initiative and after reviewing best practices of civil society involvement in other recent high-level United Nations General Assembly meetings, the Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs (VNGOC) and the New York NGO Committee on Drugs (NYNGOC) collaborated on setting up the Civil Society Task Force (CSTF) for the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the world drug problem in 2016.
The mission of the CSTF is to serve as the official liaison between the United Nations and civil society in the preparatory process of and at the UNGASS, with the aim of ensuring a comprehensive, structured, meaningful and balanced participation of civil society during this process.
In fulfilling its role of offering grassroots NGOs the possibility to share their valuable on-the-ground experience in the preparatory process of and at the UNGASS, the CSTF is organizing a Civil Society Forum on 18 April 2016 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in conference room 12 (UNHQ, New York).
To apply for a civil society speaker role at the Civil Society Forum, please fill out this form below until 1 April 2016.
Also, please make sure to register here, to participate in the UNGASS by 28 March 2016.
Kindly note, however, that the CSTF will not be in a position to cover any related travel and accommodation costs. Applicants also need to make their own visa arrangements, if applicable. For this purpose, the CSTF will provide invitation letters.
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