Call for Applications: Civil society speakers for the CND thematic discussions in November
In preparations for the ministerial segment of the 62nd session of the Commission of Narcotic Drugs (CND), to be held in 2019, the Commission will host a number of thematic discussions in autumn. The third round of discussions will take place November 7-9, in Vienna, Austria.
For each thematic segment 4-5 NGOs will have the possibility to present their work and positioning. In order to ensure an
inclusive, comprehensive and meaningful civil society participation NGOs will work through the Civil Society Task Force (CSTF) to coordinate contributions.
Each speaker will have 5 minutes to present his or her work on the thematic focus of the day (see official work plan for details):
07 November 2018: Strengthening international cooperationbased on the principle of common and shared responsibility
Cooperation and collaboration between the Commission on Narcotic Drugs and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, as well as WHO, INCB and withall relevant United Nations entities and international financial institutions, within their respective mandates;
Strengthening cooperation efforts at the bilateral, regional and global levels to reduce demand for synthetic opioids for non-medical use and to counter illicit trafficking in synthetic opioids;
Enhancing international cooperation, including technical assistance, to assist the States most affected by the illicit transit of drugs, especially developing countries;
08 November 2018: Taking stock of the implementation of the commitments made to jointly address and counter the world drug problem, in particular in light of the decision to establish 2019 as a target date for the goals set in paragraph 36 of the Political Declaration;
In order to apply for a speaking slot, please fill out the application form by 08 October 2018, 11: 55 p.m. (CEST, Vienna local time). The speaker selection will follow the CSTF guidelines and selected candidates will be notified as soon as possible but no later than 15 October 2018.
Selected speakers will be asked to send in their statements or videos incl. transcripts no later than 24 October 2018. Interpretation in official UN languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish) will be available at the meetings but all abstracts have to be submitted in English.
Please note that only limited funding is available to cover your travel to and accommodation in Vienna. The CSTF will follow the guidelines published on our website to allocate available funds. Please note that video messages are still possible.
The meetings will in all likelihood be webcast on the CND website.
Please share this form with your respective partners and networks to ensure a wide as possible opportunity to engage.
By Mulka Nisic