From 13 - 17 March 2017, the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) will be holding its 60th Session. Information for participants is now available here, on the official site of the Session. The VNGOC has also drafted a Guide for NGOs participating in the CND, which is available here.
CND Blog will also provide near real-time updates on the plenary session and selected side events. You can also follow IDPC twitter which will provide live updates on key events, or follow the broader hashtag #CND2017.
Within the framework of the Global Partnership on Drug Policies and Development (GPDPD), CND App has been developed to facilitate engagement with the 60th Session of the CND. CND App is an in-browser app which will help you to track live what is happening at CND, receive notifications on key events, resolutions and speakers, and access UN agreed language on specific drug policy issues. Access it here.
IDPC is collecting the contact details of those wishing to attend the CND, in order to send them updates before and during the event. If you would like to receive these updates, please send your name, affiliation and email address to the IDPC Secretariat.
Those attending the CND can pick up their badges from the Security Pass Office (Gate 1) on Friday 10th March from 10:00 to 16:00 and Sunday 12th March from 16:00 to 19:00, and then from Monday 13th to Friday 17th from 8:00 to 16:00. For those who are unable to attend this year, please note that the first day of the CND will be webcast here.
The agenda of the CND, including the final list of side events, is now available below.
The list of draft resolutions for CND is available here.
Informal NGO dialogues
Every year, at the CND, NGOs have the opportunity to meet with top UN drug control officials for about an hour. The Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs (VNGOC) has been working hard this year to arrange these Informal Dialogues with the Executive Director of UNODC, the President of INCB and the Chair of CND/ Post-UNGASS Facilitator:
- Informal NGO dialogue with UNODC Executive Director, Yuri Fedotov: Wednesday 15th March, 11:00-12:00, M3
- Informal NGO dialogue with INCB President Werner Sipp: Wednesday 15th March, 12:00-13:00, M3 (TBC)
- Informal NGO dialogue with the CND Chair & the Post-UNGASS Facilitator: Thursday 16th March, 9:00-10:00, Press Room
IDPC side events
This year, IDPC will be involved in a number of side events:
Tuesday 14 March
- 1.10–2.00 p.m., MOE79: Supply-side harm reduction, Organized by the Transnational Institute, the Andean Information Network, the Observatory of Illicit Crops and Crop Cultivators, the International Drug Policy Consortium, the Washington Office on Latin America, and the ReverdeSer Colective
- 2.20–3.10 p.m., MOE100: Stimulant drug use in Latin America and Asia. Users, markets and harm reduction approaches, Organized by the Transnational Institute, the Asociación Costarricense de Estudios e Intervención en Drogas and International Drug Policy Consortium.
Wednesday 15 March
- 1.10–2.00 p.m., M7: Implementing CND Resolution 59/5: Best practices in mainstreaming a gender perspective in drug policy, Organized by the Governments of Mexico and Norway, the International Drug Policy Consortium, the Washington Office on Latin America, Mexico Unido Contra la Delincuencia and Equis Justicia para las Mujeres.
- 1.10–2.00 p.m., MOE100: South-East Asia: Prospects for humane and effective drug policies, Organized by the International Drug Policy Consortium, NoBox Transitions Foundation, SCDI Vietnam and Rumah Cemara.
- 2.20–3.10 p.m., M7: Roadmaps for 2019: The Brandenburg Forum on Drugs & Development, Organized by the Governments of Germany and the Netherlands, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, Transnational Institute and International Drug Policy Consortium.
Thursday 16 March
- 2.20–3.10 p.m., M4: Alternatives to incarceration in Latin America & the Caribbean, Organized by the Washington Office on Latin America, the International Drug Policy Consortium, Dejusticia, the Social Science Research Council, and Colectivo de Estudios Drogas y Derecho.
Friday 17 March
- 9.00–9.50 a.m., M6: Harm reduction in a changing global context — Challenges and opportunities, Organized by the Government of Netherlands, Aidsfonds, International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Mainline, AFEW International, International Drug Policy Consortium, Stop Aids Alliance and Harm Reduction International.
- 9.00–9.50 a.m., MOE100: Partnership between civil society and law enforcement, Organized by the Eurasian Harm Reduction Network and the International Drug Policy Consortium.
- 1.10–2.00 p.m., M3: Preparing for 2019: Drug policy objectives and indicators, system-wide coherence and the sustainable development agenda, Organized by the Government of Switzerland, the International Drug Policy Consortium, the Global Drug Policy Observatory, Health Poverty Action, the Social Science Research Council, the International Centre for Science in Drug Policy and the Center for Legal and Social Studies.
- 1.10–2.00 p.m., MOE100: Addressing and reversing the harms of drug control in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Organized by AFEW International, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, the Andrey Rylkov Foundation for Health and Social Justice, and the International Drug Policy Consortium.
An NGO coordination briefing will be held on Monday 13th March from 8:45 to 9:15 in M3.
The VNGOC Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday 16th March from 15:30 to 18:00 in Board Room D, C Building.
The Commission on Narcotic Drugs: An introduction (Webinar)
This webinar explains the Commission's functioning, presents an overview of the key issues to be discussed at the upcoming 60th Session, and offers guidance to facilitate NGO engagement.
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