September 2018

The CSTF is happy to announce the publication of our first quarterly newsletter. The newsletter spotlights many key developments within the CSTF, as well as at the Commission on Narcotic Drugs. The newsletter’s feature story announces the selection of 15 civil society speakers to present to the CND at the September intersessional and a statement from the working group selection committee on what went into their selection.


The newsletter also offers an inside look at the various UN proceedings and events that will precede the 2019 Ministerial Segment in Vienna, New York, Geneva and beyond. This inside look discusses the CND work plan for the remainder of 2018 and presents observations on how member states are approaching the ’19 Ministerial Segment. We also discuss the CSTF’s coordinated statement which was presented to the UN at the Launch of the World Drug Report in June 2018.


The newsletter also showcases updates from within the CSTF itself. We discuss the CSTF consultation, our 2018/19 online survey tool which will present information at upcoming meetings and proceedings. We also call on NGOs to apply for speaking slots at the upcoming CND October intersessional. (The application can be found linked in the newsletter).

September 2018

The CSTF is pleased to announce and confirm the selection of civil society speakers who have been selected to speak at the September Intersessional. All selected speakers can be found here. The event will take place September 25-28th from 10:00am-1:00pm and 3:00pm-6:00pm in Board Room C in Vienna Austria. The CSTF received over 63 applications for just 15 speaking slots. A working group was commissioned from CSTF organization representatives to select the 15 participants. Factors that were considered in the selection process included diversity of ideology and topics, balance in gender and regional representation, speaker expertise and relevance of the abstract to the speaking opportunity.

May 2018

It is with great pleasure and excitement that the Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs (VNGOC) and New York NGO Committee on Drugs (NYNGOC) introduce the relaunched Civil Society Task Force (CSTF). The CSTF — a joint initiative of the NYNGOC and VNGOC— will serve to promote inclusivity of civil society at all proceedings leading up to and at the Ministerial Segment of the 62nd Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in 2019. 


Read the full Announcement. 

March 2018

Heather Haase, Chair of NYNGOC and Esbjörn Hörnberg, former Chair of VNGOC signing the MoU, 12/03/2018
Heather Haase, Chair of NYNGOC and Esbjörn Hörnberg, former Chair of VNGOC signing the MoU, 12/03/2018

On the margins of the 61st CND the Vienna and New York NGO Committees signed the Memorandum of Understanding establishing the new Civil Society Task Force (CSTF) to ensure meaningful civil society participation in the process leading up to and during the ministerial segment 2019.


Building on the successful experiences of Beyond 2008 and the UNGASS 2016, a similar structure has been approved for the Ministerial Segment of 2019 to serve as the official liaison between the United Nations and civil society in the preparatory process of and at UNGASS 2016.


The CSTF’s overall goal is to secure a comprehensive and meaningful participation of civil society actors in the Ministerial Segment preparations.

The CSTF is composed of 35 members representing geographical regions and affected populations.