From 13 - 17 March 2017, the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) will be holding its 60th Session.

13 Mar 2017 to 17 Mar 2017 |

Application period for CND side-events: 2 January - 20 January 2017

As per usual practice, only NGOs in ECOSOC consultative status can register side events. Kindly note that the application period for sending  Side Events requests is from 2 – 20 January 2017. Applications must only be submitted within that period. Please keep the VNGOC informed at about your plans for side events during the session. We are of course happy to help should there be any questions.

Some information and advice about side events in general:

Side events are meetings, presentations or panel discussions on topics relevant to the work of CND but outside the formal agenda of the Commission.  They may be organised by member states, intergovernmental or non-governmental organisations.  The event can be held in one of the conference or meeting rooms of the United Nations, in the restaurant of the Vienna International Centre or in one of the nearby hotels. 


The Secretariat of the UNODC Governing Bodies has produced guidelines for side events.  This is intended to avoid time clashes with formal meetings of the CND and to avoid side events overlapping.  Facilities for side events will only be available between 9 and 10 am and 1 and 3 pm when the CND is not meeting. To get the best from your side event the following is suggested:

  • make sure you plan a joint event, preferably with Member States, a UN body and other NGOs as co-sponsors.
  • consider having a shorter meeting of 1 hour so that several different events can be held
  • liaise with the VNGOC so that we can put different organisations in touch with each other and try to ensure as many collaborative side events as possibletry to make a clear link with the agenda of the Commission so your event can feed in directly to its work.
  • work with the Civil Affairs Team of UNODC ( to plan and promote your side event.

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