Dianova Participates in the 63rd Session of the CND

3 events to be co-organized by the NGO on issues including:

  • The media, a key actor in the field of drugs
  • The obstacles women face when seeking treatment for substance use disorders
  • The integration of evidence-based addiction treatment programmes in health systems
Dianova CND63 flyer

Speakers will first highlight how the media tend to feed a negative social perception of drugs and drug users, before underlining how the media could be used to prevent substance abuse

Press release

Barcelona, 28 February, 2020 – The Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), the UN central drug policy-making body, will hold its annual session from 2 to 6 March in Vienna, Austria. In addition to representatives of Member States, UN agencies, other supranational organizations, and the academia, civil society organizations will also be present, including Dianova International.

Among the many topics discussed this year will be the implementation of international drug control treaties including, more specifically, a vote on the classification of substances. Member States are expected to discuss the inclusion of 13 new substances under international control, however, the most important issue in this regard will be the reactions of Member States following the World Health Organization’s recommendations that cannabis and associated substances, hitherto placed in the most restrictive class, Schedule 1, be rescheduled in the international drug control framework.

From Dianova’s point of view, another key item on the CND agenda is inter-agency cooperation within the United Nations system. In this regard, we call on Member States to give greater visibility to the UN common position on drug control policies.


The CND’s contribution to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will be discussed on Friday. As a functional commission of the Economic and Social Council, the CND reviews its contribution to development goals on a yearly basis. Dianova and other civil society organizations deem it to be an essential undertaking. As “Leaving no one behind” is the pledge contained in the 2030 Agenda that unites the international community, we urge the CND and Member States to implement global and national drug policies oriented towards the development, health and well-being of affected communities and drug users.

In addition, the CND will discuss five resolutions on various topics ranging from improving data collection and analysis, promoting training in the availability of controlled substances for medical and scientific purposes, to involving youth in the field of prevention.

Dianova will be especially active this year, with our representatives participating in no less than three events organized in parallel to the CND session. The first one will address the issue of the obstacles women face when seeking treatment for substance use disorders, with a presentation by one of our representatives (Tuesday, March 3, from 9 to 10 a.m. – room MOE). In addition, Dianova will co-organize, with the association Proyecto Hombre, an event dedicated to the integration of evidence-based addiction treatment programmes in health systems (Wednesday, March 4, from 8 to 8:50 a.m. – room A). It should be noted that Dianova signed a written statement on this topic, endorsed by more than a hundred organizations.

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Finally, the last event, co-organized by Dianova and the Government of Canada among others, will be dedicated to the media, a key actor in the field of drugs (Wednesday, March 4th, from 8 to 8:50 a.m. – Room M7).


In this regard, Dianova also submitted a written statement calling for greater coordination to harness the power of the media to these ends. This statement is part of the official documentation of the session.

Lastly, as a member of the Board of the Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs (VNGOC), our representatives will participate in the welcome briefing, the informal dialogues of the session, the General Assembly meeting, as well as in an event organized for the first time by the Vienna Committee for its members with the aim of facilitating their exchanges and finding a common basis for action. This first event will be devoted this year to prevention.

In conclusion, we would like to point out that Ms Ghada Fathi Waly will make her first public intervention since her recent appointment as the new Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

About Dianova International

Dianova International is a Swiss NGO committed to social progress that supports the development of programmes and projects aimed at improving people’s lives in 19 countries and 4 continents. The organization is also dedicated to defending their rights to health, equality and social integration through interventions in international organizations and forums.


Special Consultative Status to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) – Registered Civil Society Organization to the Organization of American States (OAS) – Official partner of the UNESCO – Member of Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs (VNGOC) – Member of the European Civil Society Forum on Drugs (CSF).

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