Past events

  1. 15 Apr

    CND Side Event: Drug Policies in Europe

    From 15/04/2021 to 15/04/2021

    Promoting evidence-based drug policies and interventions enshrined in human rights in Europe – 15 April. 9:00 – 9:50 a.m. CETEvent organized by the Association Proyecto Hombre with the support of the EU, Portugal, Spain, the Council of Europe and the European Civil Society Forum on Drugs. The event will discuss developments in the field of human rights-based drug policies and interventions, from a civil society and policy makers’ perspective.

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  2. 15 Apr

    CND Event/ Prevention & Treatment of Cannabis Problematic Use

    From 15/04/2021 to 15/04/2021

    Strengthening the Prevention & Treatment of Cannabis Problematic Use – 15 April. 14:10 – 15:00 p.m. CETEvent organized by Dianova International, the EFTC, Rotary Action Group for Addiction Prevention and ENCOD – This side event will discuss how to prevent and treat cannabis problematic use in a more effective way, focusing on scientific evidence and the needs of addiction professionals.

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  3. 15 Apr

    CND Side Event: Eradicate Barriers Women Face

    From 15/04/2021 to 15/04/2021

    Way forward – Developing Gender Sensitive Treatment Programmes to Eradicate Barriers for Women – 15th April, 10:00 – 10:50 am CEST – Organized by the World Federation Against Drugs with the support of Dianova International, Proslavi Oporavak/Celebrate Recovery, and the Women’s Organizations Committee on Alcohol and Drug Issues (WOCAD).

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  4. 15 Apr

    CND Side Event: Curbing Substance Use among Children

    From 15/04/2021 to 15/04/2021

    Frontliners for Curbing Substance Use among Children/Youth during Covid-19, 15th April, 10: 00 – 10:50 am CEST – Organized by the Slum Child Foundation with the support of the National Anti-Drug Union and UNODC Civil Society Unit.

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  5. 14 Apr

    CND Side Event: Inequalities & COVID-19

    From 14/04/2021 to 14/04/2021

    Inequalities Laid Bare: Responding to Challenges of COVID-19 and Beyond – 14th April, 14:10 – 15:00 pm CESTOnline side event organized by the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction with the support of Canada, the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, the Centre on Drug Policy Evaluation, the Community Addictions Peer Support Association (CAPSA), the HIV Legal Network and the Thunderbird Partnership Foundation.

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  6. 12 Apr

    64th Session of the CND

    From 12/04/2021 to 16/04/2021

    64th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) – United Nations Office at Vienna, 12-16 April, 2021 – The sixty-fourth Session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs will be held  in Vienna (Austria), however, due to the COVID-19 situation, the sessions will be held in a hybrid format with in-person participation in Vienna and online participation.


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  7. 12 Apr

    CND Side Event: Substance Use Stigma & Police

    From 12/04/2021 to 12/04/2021

    Uncovering Substance Use-related Stigma for Police Service Members and Their Families – 14:10-15:00 CESTOnline side event organized by Canada with the support of Belgium, Honduras, the Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland and Uruguay, with participation from the Community Addictions Peer Support Association (CAPSA) and the UNODC Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation Section.

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  8. 09 Apr

    Drugs, Public Policies & TCs

    From 09/04/2021 to 09/04/2021

    Drugs,  Public Policies and TCs in Post-Pandemic Times, 18:00 CEST, 12:00 ET – a webinar presented by S. Taylor, President of the World Federation of Therapeutic Communities and F. Chiosso, FLACT President. Speakers: O. Esculies (Proyecto Hombre), F. Chiosso, J. Kalawski (Organization of American States), E. Saenz (UNODC). Simultaneous translation into Spanish and Portuguese –  View flyer, click on read more to register.

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  9. 24 Mar

    Stigma: Parallel Event at the CSW65

    From 24/03/2021 to 24/03/2021

    Overcoming stigma and violence against incarcerated and drug using women


    Free online event in English and Spanish: 24 March 2021, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm (New York time) – Organized by Dianova, IDPC, WOLA and WHRN. Speakers will discuss the pressing issues faced by these women, with accounts of lived experiences.

    Prior registration is required to attend this event: click here

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  10. 22 Mar

    GBV: Parallel Event at the CSW65

    From 22/03/2021 to 22/03/2021

    Addressing Gender-Based Violence, a Key Element in Gender-Sensitive Addiction Treatment Programs


    Free online event in English: Monday 22 March 2021, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm (New York time) or 4:30 to 6:00 pm (Madrid time) – Organized by Dianova, WURN, the NYNGOC and Odyssey House Louisiana, speakers will discuss gender-based violence and how critical it is to address these issues during addiction treatment.

    Pre-registration mandatory, click here for step-by-step procedure

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  11. 15 Mar

    65th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women

    From 15/03/2021 to 26/03/2021

    United Nations Headquarters, New York, 15-26 March, 2021 – The sixty-fifth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65) will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited NGOs from all regions of the world are invited to attend the session.

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  12. 07 Mar

    14th UN Congress on Crime Prevention & Criminal Justice

    From 07/03/2021 to 12/03/2021

    Kyoto, Japan from 7 – 12 March, 2021 – The United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice is the world’s largest and most diverse gathering of policy-makers, practitioners, academia, intergovernmental organizations and civil society in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice. The Congresses have been held every five years since 1955 in different parts of the world, dealing with a vast array of topics.

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  13. 09 Feb

    Civil Society Webinar on the International Drug Control Conventions

    From 09/02/2021 to 09/02/2021

    Introducing the International Drug Control Conventions – The Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs (VNGOC) and the UNODC Civil Society Unit are inviting you to a joint webinar, introducing the International Drug Control Conventions and the roles of UNODC, INCB and CND. To ensure a broad engagement the webinar will be held in English with interpretation in Russian and Spanish. We look forward to your participation!

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  14. 08 Feb

    59th Session of the Commission for Social Development – CSocD59

    From 08/02/2021 to 17/02/2021

    The 59th session of the Commission for Social Development or CSocD59 (the advisory body responsible for the social development pillar of global development) will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The Commission’s priority theme is: Socially just transition towards sustainable development: the role of digital technologies on social development and well-being of all. This year’s session will take place largely online.

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  15. 24 Jan

    Women and Mental Health under COVID

    From 24/01/2021 to 24/01/2021

    Women’s mental health needs exacerbated under COVID as they occupy positions in the labor market that have been subjected to severe cuts. Add to this the responsibilities of taking care of out-of-school children, household, and the older generation and there is no time left for taking care of their own needs. How are civil society organizations helping to meet these challenges? An online event held by Kota.

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  16. 21 Jan

    Global Mental Health in a Global Pandemic

    From 21/01/2021 to 21/01/2021

    Understanding the impact of COVID-19 on women’s psychosocial wellbeing, 21 January 2021, 8:30 – 10:30 AM EST – In this year’s first monthly online meeting, the NGO-CSW New York will endeavour to provide resources related to women’s mental health challenges experienced during this unprecedented period of COVID-19 restrictions. The discussion will focus on sharing insights on the disproportionate psychosocial health outcomes of the pandemic, and to provide strategies to better manage. Download flyer

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  17. 16 Dec

    Peaceful solutions to the war on drugs

    From 16/12/2020 to 16/12/2020

    Online event, Wednesday 16 December 2020, 18:00 – 21:00 CET – On the day after the Scottish drug death figures will be released, international speakers will discuss drug policy reform, the history of the war on drugs , grassroots activism and how we can all get involved in creating change.

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  18. 10 Dec

    Human Rights & Mental Health: The New Normal

    From 10/12/2020 to 10/12/2020

    Online event, December 10, 2020 – 3 to 5 pm EST, Meeting ID: 850 8657 0039 – passcode: bvhx3i – The NGO Commitee on Mental Health organizes an online event titled “Human Rights & Mental Health: The New Normal”, with Dr. Corann Okorodudu, Professor of Psychology & African Studies at Rowan University, Society for Psychological Study of social issues, Psychology coalition at the United Nations. The event will be joined by Elaine Congress, DSW and Vivian Pender, MD

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  19. 09 Dec

    Sixty-eighth regular session of CICAD

    From 09/12/2020 to 11/12/2020

    The 68º regular session of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) will take place on 9-11 December 2020 in Bogotá, Colombia. The session, presided by Colombia (currently holding the Vice-Presidency of CICAD) will follow a mixed onsite/remote format. Member States can nominate up to 2 delegates to the meeting in person. All special guests, delegates, representatives of international and civil society organisations are welcome to join virtually. The formal invitation and access information will be shared on the website of CICAD in due course.

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  20. 03 Dec

    CND reconvened 63rd session

    From 03/12/2020 to 04/12/2020

    The meeting will take place on 3rd December and 4th December 2020 at the Vienna International Centre (Board Room C). The event will be an opportunity for Member States to vote on the World Health Organization Expert Committee on Drug Dependence recommendations on the scheduling of cannabis and related substances – Decision point re: cannabis

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  21. 30 Nov

    VNGOC Informal Meeting

    From 30/11/2020 to 30/11/2020

    The board of the Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs is inviting all members and interested NGOs to participate in an online, informal membership meeting on Monday, 30 November. In order to accommodate as many time zones as possible the meeting will be held twice: 30 November, 10 am to 11.30 am Central European Time (CET) and 30 November, 5 pm to 6.30 pm Central European Time (CET)

    The meeting will serve to discuss current issues and exchange updates and information. No formal decisions will be made by the committee, the draft agenda can be viewed on the organization’s website.

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  22. 20 Nov

    XII Day on Addictions

    From 20/11/2020 to 20/11/2020

    Friday 20 and 27 November from 9:00 to 11:00 am, online via Zoom – The University of Barcelona and the association Projecte Home Catalunya organize the XII Day on Addictions with two round tables that will address various topics including new addictions, ICT abuse, dual pathologies, problematic uses in adolescence and the issue of gender in social reintegration. Lucía Goberna, head of the international relations dept. for Dianova, will speak on “Drugs, a local and global issue”. See programme, online registration (limited to 250)

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  23. 05 Nov

    XXII Seminar of RIOD

    From 05/11/2020 to 24/11/2020

    XXII Seminar of the Ibero-American Network on Drugs and Cooperation (RIOD) – The event will be held online throughout November, with the theme “Drugs Policies and Social Cohesion”. The dates of the Seminar are: 5, 10, 12, 17, 19 and 24 November 2020, between 16:00 and 20:30 (GMT+1, Spanish time)

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  24. 20 Oct

    UNAD Online Congress

    From 20/10/2020 to 23/10/2020

    The Network for Addiction Care (UNAD – Spain) is organising an online congress on 13, 16, 20 and 23 October under the title: UNAD: Networking, more important than ever at the time of COVID. After addressing the impact of the crisis on the most vulnerable and providing a panorama on addictions, Tuesday 20th will be dedicated to drug policies, with various speakers, including Alexis Goosdeel, Director EMCDDA and Lucía Goberna Lehmann, Head of Institutional Relations, Dianova International. The last day will be devoted to the role of the third sector.

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  25. 07 Oct

    11th EUSPR Conference and Members’ Meeting

    From 07/10/2020 to 09/10/2020

    Venue: EMSA-EMCDDA conference centre, Praça‎ Europa 4, Cais do Sodré – 1249-206 Lisbon (Portugal) – The theme of the 11th Conference and Members’ Meeting of the European Society for Prevention Research (EUSPR) will be: “Make prevention science relevant for all: coproduction and impact”. The EUSPR promotes the development of prevention science, and its application to practice so as to promote human health and well-being through high quality research, evidence based interventions, policies and practices – The call for abstracts for EUSPR 2020 will open on Monday 16th March, and close on Monday 1st June

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  26. 01 Oct

    25th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women

    From 01/10/2020 to 01/10/2020

    On October 1st, the UN assembly will convene a high level meeting with the overall theme of “Accelerating the realization of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls”. This meeting will be held 25 years after the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which to this day remains the most comprehensive and transformative global agenda for the achievement of gender equality and women’s empowerment.

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  27. 21 Sep

    UN75 High Level Meeting

    From 21/09/2020 to 21/09/2020

    Special event to mark the United Nations’ 75th anniversary – A one-day high-level meeting will be held on 21 September, at the opening of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly. The theme for this event will be: The Future We Want, the UN We Need: Reaffirming our Collective Commitment to Multilateralism – confronting COVID-19 through effective multilateral action.

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  28. 27 Jul

    Civil Society Webinars

    From 27/07/2020 to 29/07/2020

    Discussing the world Drug Report 2020 –  The Vienna NGO committee on Drugs (VNGOC) and the UNODC Civil Society Team are holding a series of webinars to present and discuss the World Drug Report 2020. Webinars will be held in English, July 27, 3 p.m. –  Spanish, July 28, 4 p.m. – Russian, July 29, 12 p.m. Click here to register


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  29. 07 Jul

    High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

    From 07/07/2020 to 16/07/2020

    Venue:  Online – The establishment of the United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) was mandated in 2012 by the outcome document of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), “The Future We Want”. The meeting of the high-level political forum on sustainable development in 2020 will be held from Tuesday, 7 July, to Thursday, 16 July 2020, under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council. This will include the three-day ministerial meeting of the forum from Tuesday, 14 July, to Thursday, 16 July 2020.

    The theme of the forum will be “Accelerated action and transformative pathways: realizing the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development “.

    In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and expected limitations on in-person meetings and international travel, the ECOSOC Bureau has made adjustments to the format and programme of HLPF 2020. All meetings will be held virtually, including all side and special events.

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  30. 29 Jun

    European Drugs Summer School 2020

    From 29/06/2020 to 10/07/2020

    ISCTE – Lisbon University Institute (Lisbon, Portugal) – Organized by the European Monitoring Centre on Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), this two-week  summer school prepares professionals and students to meet the complex policy challenges that face Europe in the field of drugs. Involving scientific experts from the EMCDDA, but also university professors and policy-makers, it provides a multi-disciplinary and inclusive approach to the study of the drug problem in Europe and beyond.

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  31. 24 Jun

    European Exchange on Health & Homelessness

    From 24/06/2020 to 25/06/2020

    Brussels, Belgium – Organized by FEANTSA, the European Federation of National Organizations Working with the Homeless, the event will support the establishment of integrated approaches on health and homelessness as best practice in service provision. This exchange event addresses homeless service providers, drug use related services, policy makers, cities, and public health experts.

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  32. 24 Jun

    17th Latin American Conference of Therapeutic Communities

    From 24/06/2020 to 26/06/2020

    Venue: Madalosso Restaurant Auditorium, Manoel Ribas Avenue, 5875 – Santa Felicidades, Curitiba, PR, Brazil – This integrated, world-class event will be held in the city of Curitiba, Brazil, during June 24-26, 2020 including the 1st World Federation of Therapeutic Communities (WFTC) Training in Brazil and the 6th Brazilian Congress of Therapeutic Communities (FEBRACT).

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  33. 12 Jun

    Joint CND & CCPCJ Virtual Event

    From 12/06/2020 to 12/06/2020

    Joint CND & CCPCJ Virtual EventVirtual meeting starting at 3:00 p.m. (Vienna time) – The event will commemorate the twenty-fifh anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women and the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995) and discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting women and girls.

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  34. 12 Jun

    3rd JSWG Meeting on the Impact of COVID-19 in the Americas

    From 12/06/2020 to 12/06/2020

    Impact of Covid in the AmericasOnline meeting, 10:30 am – the Third Meeting of High Authorities of the Joint Summit Working Group (JSWG) on the Impact of COVID-19 in the Americas”  has been postponed. It will now take place on on Friday, June 12, 2020. The meeting will provide an outlook of the effects of the global health crisis on livelihoods, food and agriculture, intra-regional trade, and production chains in the Americas.

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  35. 14 May

    2020 Development Cooperation Forum

    From 14/05/2020 to 15/05/2020

    Venue: United  Nations Headquarters, New York – The Development Cooperation Forum is the principal global platform for policy dialogue on development cooperation. Discussions are reality-based, action-oriented and results-focused. Its objective is to advance the strategic role of development cooperation in achieving sustainable development.

    The Forum is open to all l Member States and engages all stakeholders, including civil society, private sector, Parliamentarians, local authorities, international and regional organizations and development banks.

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  36. 07 May

    Generation Equality Forum 2020

    From 07/05/2020 to 07/07/2020

    The Generation Equality Forum is a civil society–centred, multi-stakeholder, global gathering for gender equality, convened by UN Women and co-hosted by the governments of Mexico and France. It will be connected in real time across the world through interactive satellite sessions enabled through technology to maximize participation. The Forum will kick-off in Mexico City, Mexico, on 7-8 May 2020 and culminate in Paris, France, on 7-10 July 2020.

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  37. 29 Apr

    Impact of Covid-19 in the Americas

    From 29/04/2020 to 29/04/2020

    Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., place: virtual – a meeting of the Joint Summit Working Group (JSWG) of the Organization of American States will be held to assess the impact of Covid-19 in the Americas and review the actions taken to mitigate the effects of the pandemic in the region.

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  38. 20 Apr

    14th UN Congress on Crime Prevention & Criminal Justice

    From 20/04/2020 to 27/04/2020

    The Fourteenth United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice will be held in Kyoto, Japan – Since 1955, the United Nations congresses on crime prevention and criminal justice have brought together high-level representatives of Governments, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, and criminal justice professionals and scholars, to discuss common concerns, share experiences and seek viable solutions to problems related to crime prevention and criminal justice.

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  39. 01 Apr

    2020 ECOSOC Youth Forum – postponed

    From 01/04/2020 to 02/04/2020

    Venue: United Nations Headquarters in New York – Every year, the ECOSOC Youth Forum provides an opportunity for young people to engage in a dialogue with Member States. They discuss policy frameworks and promote innovative, institutionalised approaches and initiatives for advancing the youth development agenda at national, regional and global levels.

    The ECOSOC Youth Forum 2020 will be guided by the high-level political forum theme on “Accelerated Action and Transformative Pathways: realizing the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development“.

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  40. 09 Mar

    64th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women

    From 09/03/2020 to 20/03/2020

    Venue: United Nations Headquarters in New York – 2020 is a pivotal year for the accelerated realization of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls, everywhere. The main focus of CSW64 will be on the review and appraisal of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the outcomes of the 23rd special session of the General Assembly.

    Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world are invited to attend the session.

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  41. 04 Mar

    The Media, a Key Actor in the Field of Drugs

    From 04/03/2020 to 04/03/2020

    Wednesday, 4 March – from 8 to 8:50 a.m., Vienna International Center, Room M7 – When addressing drug-related news, mass media sources tend to use language and images that reflect negative moral judgments. This feeds a negative and stigmatizing social perception of people with problematic alcohol or drug use. Yet, the media could also play a major role in promoting healthier lifestyles, preventing drug and alcohol misuse, and reducing the stigma experienced by people who use drugs… An event organized by Dianova and sponsored by the Government of Canada, the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction, the Turkish Green Crescent Society, RIO and Proyecto Hombre

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  42. 04 Mar

    Evidence-Based Treatment as an Integral Part of the Health System

    From 04/03/2020 to 04/03/2020

    A side event to the UN 63rd Commission on Narcotic Drugs – Vienna International Centre, Conference Room BR-A – The UNODC-WHO International Standards for the treatment of drug use disorders encourage all Member States to consider expanding the coverage and improving the quality of drug treatment systems, interventions and policies based on scientific evidence as an integral part of the health system. Event co-organized by the Association Proyecto Hombre, the Government of Spain, Dianova, Green Crescent and the WFTC.

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  43. 03 Mar

    Women & Drugs at the CND 2020

    From 03/03/2020 to 03/03/2020

    Barriers in access to treatment and recovery: issues faced by women living with substance use disorders – United Nations – VIC Conference Room MOE100, 9:10 – 10:00 a.m. – Women living with and affected by addiction are a particularly vulnerable group; they are more likely to be subjected to violence and very few treatment facilities can address their specific needs. This event provides a unique platform to highlight what these needs are while revisiting the demands on the Conventions on ending discrimination against women.

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  44. 02 Mar

    63rd Session of the CND

    From 02/03/2020 to 06/03/2020

    The 63rd Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) will take place in Vienna, Austria – Programmes of side events are organized during the regular sessions of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs and the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. The application period goes from 6 to 17 January 2020 – guidelines for submitting side events applications, and the application form are available here.

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  45. 10 Feb

    58th Session of the Commission for Social Development

    From 10/02/2020 to 19/02/2020

    Venue: United Nations Headquarters, New York (NY – USA), Conference Room 4 – The Commission for Social Development (CSocD58) is the advisory body responsible for the social development pillar of global development. 2020 is a crucial year for the accelerated realization of inclusive societies and reducing inequalities everywhere for people of all ages. This year’s priority theme will be: affordable housing and social protection systems for all to address homelessness.

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