1) Civil society representatives around the world were more engaged with Member States and relevant UN bodies in the preparatory process of and at UNGASS 2016, and there was heightened awareness and engagement of NGOs in the UNGASS process and in the international drug control system as a whole as a result of direct participation in the Global Civil Society Drug Survey, Regional/Thematic Consultations and civil society awareness-raising events.
2) through the Global Civil Society Survey, Member States received direct input from grass roots levels and were more informed on (i) the work of NGOs active in the drug field, (ii) areas of expertise, (iii) key priorities and concerns to be addressed (iv) best practices, as well as (v) expected results and desired outcomes for UNGASS 2016, which supported Member States in identifying priorities to be addressed and in forming a clearer picture of civil society knowledge of and priorities for UNGASS.
3) through the regional and thematic consultations and CSTF events (hearings, briefings, side events), Member States received direct input and have been more informed on (i) what works and what could be improved, (ii) best practices, (iii) innovative thinking, policy and policy implementation, and (iv) expectations of UNGASS 2016 and beyond, which have supported Member States in formulating the outcome document for the UNGASS, as well as their national drug policies going forward.
4) a global civil society voice was presented at the UNGASS in 2016, with the CSTF leading development and delivery of civil society contributions on achievements, challenges and priorities for international drug policy at UNGASS 2016 and coordinating civil society participation in these processes.
The efforts of the CSTF have laid the groundwork for a meaningful participation of civil society in the drug policy debate post-UNGASS. The knowledge shared and newly gained, as well as the multistakeholder networks established at various levels will go a long way in ensuring a role for civil society in the implementation of the UNGASS outcome document, in particular up to the final review of the Political Declaration and Plan of Action on International Cooperation Towards an Integrated and Balanced Strategy to Counter the World Drug Problem in 2019.