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Dianova International International Relations

Relationships with International Organizations

In the last years, Dianova has significantly intensified its efforts to develop international relations by reinforcing its presence in platforms and networks between civil society and transnational organizations and by participating actively in a number of technical commissions related to the latter.

"Developing initiatives and programs with the objective of promoting personal self-reliance and social progress"

Dianova's mission statement is the framework which determines and delineates the objectives of the organization's involvement on the international stage. Our objective is to join strategic partnerships and advocacy groups likely to influence the decisions that may positively impact the promotion of health, quality of life and the empowerment and revaluation of the human being as a key factor in the sustainable and balanced development in the fields of economy, social progress and the environment.

Dianova's transnational dimension on three continents, its historic vocation of support for the most vulnerable people, the position it occupies and its relations within the hearts of several international institutions, make up a critical mass that enables the organization to occupy a privileged position and to have the voices of civil society and the third sector heard. 

Relationships between Dianova International and Federations of NGOs, Commissions & International Organizations


(Organizations' and agencies' most commonly used names or acronyms are used)

Dianova's special consultative status to the ECOSOC allows for: a better access to the United Nations' many subsidiary bodies and to UNESCO, the attendance to meetings of functional commissions as an observer (CND, CSW, etc.), the organization of side-events and the possibility to make written declarations. In addition, a number of delegates from Dianova are entitled to attend UN-organized conferences.

ECOSOC status is both an acknowledgement of Dianova's professional quality and a guarantee that each one of Dianova's member organizations will always be committed to respecting human rights and a good work ethic in their areas of expertise.  

Substance Abuse & Addiction Services

The United Nations (UN) established the International Conventions dedicated to combat substance abuse by coordinated international actions, and signed by most world countries. The UN is the organization with larger competences and influence in the field of narcotic drugs. Two of the United Nations' subsidiary bodies – the CND and the UNODC – are specifically in charge of the drug sector; their headquarters are located in Vienna.

The Commission of Narcotic Drugs (CND) is one of the nine functional commissions of the ECOSOC and is dedicated to supervising the application of drug control treaties. The CND develops strategies and measures to combat the world drug problem, while supervising the greatest part of the budget assigned to drug control activities at the UN. The decisions of the CND are taken by consensus of all member states

Réunion CND The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODCis a global leader in the fight against illicit drugs and international crime. The UNODC work program includes: cooperation projects to enhance the capacity of Member States to combat illicit trafficking and drug abuse, research and analytical work to expand the evidence base for policy making, assistance to Member States to help them harmonize their legislations in accordance with drug or crime-related international treaties.

Dianova participates in the CND sessions on a yearly basis; in addition the organization could presente written statements and organize parallel events during such sessions. In 2010, Dianova joined the “Global Sports Youth¨ a UNODC-led project to promote sports activities as an instrument to prevent drug abuse.

The European Union (UE) ) is considered a key player in EU drug policy making. In 2011, the European Commission implemented the Civil Society Forum (CSF) on drugs which comprises 40 member organizations which common objective is to feed grass-roots experience into Commission proposals and to contribute to the implementation and monitoring of EU drug policies.

Dianova has been a member of the CSF since 2013; as such, the organization participated in a specific working group created in anticipation of the UN General Assembly Special Session on Drugs (UNGASS) to be held in 2016.

The Organization of American States (OAS) constitues the main political, juridical and social governmental forum which gathers the 35 independant states of the Americas. Dianova has been recognized as a civil society partner by the OAS

Drugs are among the various scopes of action of the OAS, in particular via the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission or CICAD. CICAD's core mission is to enhance the human and institutional capacities of its member states to reduce the production, trafficking and use of illegal drugs, and to address the health, social and criminal consequences of drug trade.

Dianova participates as an observer in the CICAD's meetings on a regular basis, as in Asunción del Paraguay, Costa Rica, Montevideo, etc.)

National Drug Plan of Spain (PND) – inn 2014, Dianova International was invited by representatives of the Spanish Governments National Drug Plan to join various expert committees to coordinate the Spanish interventions to the UN, the UE and others. 



The Commission on the Status of the Women (CSW) is a functional commission of ECOSOC; it is the principal body dedicated to gender equality and the advancement of women. Every year, representatives of Member States gather to evaluate progress, identify challenges, set global standards and formulate policies to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women worldwide.

Gender equality and women's rights are considered to be cross-cutting policy areas in the Dianova network which, for many years, has been engaged in education, social and healthcare development in this respect. Dianova representatives participate in the CSW annual session as an observer where they can prepare written statements to be communicated to participants. On the occasion of the CSW annual gathering, Dianova presented various parallel events together with partner NGOs. (including during CSW 58, and CSW 57)

Education & Youth

Dianova is in consultative relationships with UNESCO

Esther Del Rio-Las Marías education center managed by Dianova Nicaraguahas been certified as an associated school to UNESCO's Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet); as such, the Dianova school participated in a reforestation project implemented by UNESCO in Nicaragua in 2010. 

Federations and Networks of NGOs

Dianova International has joined a number of federations and networks of NGOs, including: 

CoNGO - Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the UN

The CoNGO gathers NGOs in consultative relationship with the UN, exclusively. Among other objectives, the CoNGO aims to improve NGOs accessibility and presence at all levels of the UN as well as strengthening the dialogue between NGOs and the United Nations. To Dianova, CoNGO is an ideal platform to meet up and collaborate with recognized NGOs. Dianova became a member of CoNGO's Board of Directors in 2014.

ngo UNESCO liaison committee

The NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee is an open forum primarily intended for NGOs in official partnership with UNESCO. The Committee actively supports NGOs to strengthen their relationships with UNESCO by the means of their active participation in conferences, meetings and seminars. In addition, Dianova has been participating in UNESCO's online inquiries and has become an active partner of the international organization. 

NGO CSW – ngo committee on the status of women

In 2013, Dianova became a member of the  NGO Committee on the Status of Women a platform gathering more than 80 organizations. This membership entitles Dianova to attend CSW conferences and meetings in New York and to be informed of what's happening at the CSW on a regular basis. In addition, Dianova representatives have the opportunity to establish direct relationships with other NGOs working in this field.  

RIOD – ibero-american network of NGOs working in the field of addiction prevention & treatment

Dianova Spain is an active member of RIOD, the objective of which is to interrelate Latin American and Spanish NGOs while promoting their collaboration for increasing their exchanges and strengthening their members' institutional capacities.

VNGOC – vienna ngo committee on narcotic drugs

Most of Dianova's relationships between Dianova and the CND or UNODC are promoted by this platform. Dianova International became a member of VNGOC in 2007 and a member of the organization's Board of Directors from 2008 to 2015. Dianova Portugal joined the network in 2008.  Among other activities, the VNGOC aims to promote the diversity and contributions of NGOs within the UN, to facilitate relationship building between  NGOs and the UN, as well as to help raise the voice of civil society NGOs by involving them in the policy-making process.  

The VNGOC is of particular relevance in the anticipation of the United Nations' General Assembly Special Session on Drugs (UNGASS) to be held in 2016 at the UN Headquarters in New York. UNGASS is a meeting of UN Member States to assess and debate on global issues such as health, gender, or in this case, the world's drug control priorities. 

The UNGASS sets up an agenda for civil society organizations which will ensure that their voices and proposals can reach out to world leaders and policy makers and be taken into account in the design of future agreements. 

WFTC – world federation of therapeutic communities

Dianova is a member of the WFTC Board of Directors and attends biyearly world conferences on a regular basis - Dianova Uruguay and Dianova Chile participate in the Latin America regional organization (FLACT) and Dianova Portugal and Dianova Sweden joined the European federation (EFTC). The main purpose of these forums is to update and widen the knowledge on therapeutic communities, promote relationships among CT professionals, collaborate with other NGOs and exchange experiences, techniques and best practices. 

Some Examples of the Actions of Dianova

Evolution of Dianova International's Relationships after Receiving Special Consultative Status in 2007


  •   Special Consultative Status to the ECOSOC
  •   Member of CoNGO
  •   Member of VNGOC


  •   Member of the Board of directors of VNGOC (from 2008 to 2015)
  •   Member of WFTC
  •   Dianova Portugal member of VNGOC


  •   Member of the Board of WFTC 


  •   Endorsement by the Organization of American States
  •   Esther Del Rio-Las Marías's school joins UNESCO's associated school project network (ASPnet)
  •   Dianova Portugal and Dianova Sweden join EFTC


  •   Operative relations with UNESCO
  •   Member of the NGO UNESCO Liaison Committee


  •   Consultative relations with UNESCO


  •   Member of the Civil Society Forum on Drugs - CSF
  •   Member of the NGO Committee on the Status of Women - CSW
  •   Dianova Spain becomes a member of RIOD


  •   Dianova joins 3 expert commissions of the National Drug Plan (Spain)
  •   Member of the Board of Directors of CoNGO
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