The 59th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), along with its UNGASS Preparatory Session will take place from 14th to 22nd March 2016 in Vienna, Austria. The CND meets each year to discuss the global state of drug control and adopt resolutions to guide the way forward. 

The official documentation on the CND will soon be available here, including:

Information for participants

Side Events at the 59th Session of CND in 2016

Side events are held every year during the sessions of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs. These events are organised by Member States, UNODC or civil society organizations. Below is a draft agenda of official side events which will be held in March:

Side Events co-organised by IDPC

Monday 14th March


Tuesday, 15th March


Thursday 17 March


Friday 18 March

Informal NGO dialogues

Every year, the VNGOC organises informal dialogues with the heads of UNODC and the INCB:

  • Informal dialogue with the INCB President: 17th March, 10:00 to 10:50 in Conference Room M3
  • Informal dialogue with the UNODC Executive Director: 17th March, 11:00 to 12:00 in Conference Room M3

Key documents for the CND

In preparation for the CND, we recommend that you visit the following tools:

  • The CND Blog: Follow the debates and negotiations at the CND and on the UNGASS at the UN level as they unfold by visiting the CND Blog! 
  • The e-Book of Authorities: This online tool is a compilation of UN agreed language on key topics of contention at UN level to support negotiations, debates and discussions on drug control at UN level.
  • The CND proceedings document for 2015: This is a detailed analysis of last year's CND published by IDPC, providing a discussion of the key debates and points of contention on global drug policy. 

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