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The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), an independent, quasi-judicial expert body established by the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961, will hold its 122nd session on 7-18 May 2018.

Civil society participation in INCB thematic hearing

The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) will host its first civil society hearing for the INCB board members on the margins of the 122nd Session of the INCB. The hearing will be on the topic of "The Use of Cannabis for Medical and Non-Medical Purposes" and will take place on May 7 2018, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Vienna, Austria. 

Up to 8 NGOs will have the possibility to present their work and positioning on this issue during the two hour meeting. In order to ensure an inclusive, comprehensive and meaningful civil society participation NGOs will work through the VNGOC to coordinate contributions. 

Each speaker will have 7-10 minutes to present his or her work on the use of cannabis for medical or non-medical purposes. Selected speakers will be asked to send in their statements or videos incl. transcripts no later than 01 May 2018. Interpretation in official UN languages will be available. 

In order to apply for a speaking slot, please fill out and submit this form (https://goo.gl/forms/J4wzUSJV0XDEj5OF3) by Tuesday, 17 April 2018, 11:55 p.m. (CET, Vienna local time). Selected candidates will be notified as soon as possible but no later than 24 April 2018.

Please note that no funding is available to cover your travel to and accommodation in Vienna. In case your organisation cannot cover your travel costs, please apply for a video message.

Please also note that the meeting will not be webcast or recorded and that organizations wishing to attend have to register beforehand (see below). 


Civil Society Organizations in consultative status with ECOSOC and member organizations of the VNGOC are invited to send observers to the meeting. If you are interested in attending the meeting as an observer please send in your registration to info@vngoc.org with your full name and your organisations full name no later than 01 May 2018. 

N.b. no funding is available. You will have to cover your own costs.