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11th session of Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Drugs and Crime (COP UNTOC)

17 October 2022 - 21 October 2022

Dear NGO Representatives,

The Civil Society Unit (CSU) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is looking forward to welcoming you to the upcoming 11th session of Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Drugs and Crime (COP UNTOC) which will take place at the Vienna International Centre (M-Building) and online from 17 October 2022 to 21 October 2022.

We are pleased to share you the following useful information:

Dates and times of the Conference: 17-21 October 2022, 10:00 to 13:00 and 15:00 to 18:00, local Vienna time. The annotated agenda is available here. More information on the Conference can be found on the designated website here.

Briefing for NGOs: 17 October 9.15AM (Vienna, Austria time). For those attending the Conference in person, the briefing will take place in the VIC. The room will be confirmed prior to the date. For those participating online, please join using the following Microsoft Teams link: Click here to join the meeting. During this briefing, we will provide you with the main information to help you navigate the conference.

Side events:

Furthermore, we would like to draw your attention to the following side events organized by/or with our team. Please note that all side events will take place in a hybrid format.

  • Monday, 17 October, 13:00 – 13:45, Room M5: Cross-cutting Evidence based intervention on drugs and crime in Africa for the Implementation of UNODC strategic Vision for Africa.  Organized by Slum Child Foundation with UNODC Civil Society Unit, Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs, Alliance of NGOs on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Register before 16 October:
  • Tuesday, 18 October, 13:00 – 13.45, Room M5: Meaningfully Engaging Youth in UNODC mandate areas: The UNTOC Youth Consultation and the UNODC Youth Empowerment Accelerator Framework. Organized by UNODC Strategic Planning and Inter-Agency Affairs Unit with the UNODC Civil Society Unit and the Government of Japan. Register before 16 October
  • Wednesday, 19 October, 14:00 – 14.45, Room M5: Partnership for UNTOC implementation – two-year assessment of Stakeholder Engagement in the review process. Organized by UNODC Civil Society Unit with UNODC Conference Support Section (OCB), the Alliance of NGOs on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, Canada, Mexico, and the United States. Register before 16 October:
  • Thursday, 20 October, 14:00 – 14.45, Room M2: Voices of the Organized Crime Convention: discussing progress on the UNTOC implementation Review Mechanism. Organized by UNODC Conference Support Section (OCB) with UNODC Civil Society Unit and Italy.

The full list of side events is available here.

Informal Dialogues:

  • Wednesday 19 October 10:30 to 11:30: Informal Dialogue with the Executive Director. The Dialogue will give an opportunity to participants to meet and exchange with UNODC Executive Director and her management team. The Room and Link to participate will be shared prior to the meeting.
  • Informal Dialogue with the President of COP11 (tbc): More information will be shared as soon as possible.

Questions for both Informal Dialogues are being coordinated through the NGO Alliance on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (Alliance). All participants interested in asking questions are invited to share them with the Alliance during their monthly meeting on 5th October 2022, 3PM CEST (Vienna time). You can join the zoom meting using this link:

Should you not be able to attend the meeting, you can send in your question to no later than October 5th, 23:59 Vienna time.


Should you wish to make a statement during the conference please indicate your interest in the following form until the 7th October NGO Statements are coordinated by the Alliance.

Please note that all plenary sessions will be webcast live from Monday at the following link: You may share this link with your networks.

NGO publications at COP11:

Kindly note that due to COVID-19, there will be limited space to display publications during the COP 11. For those attending in person, the CSU will offer limited space. Please contact should you whish to display materials.

NGO lounge:

Please be informed that the NGO Lounge (Building: M; Room: M0E27) is available for in-person NGO participants. The lounge is a place reserved for NGOs during COP11, where you can work and meet each other.Documentation:

Conference documentation including the provisional agenda, draft resolutions and the conference programme (including side events) is available on the conference website here.

Please be advised that in person conference badges can be picked up starting on Friday, 14 October 2022. The registration desk will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, 14 October; and from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Monday, 17 October. You can find more useful information for participants here.

We would like to kindly remind those who have not yet registered delegates in the INDICO platform to do so until 7 October. Please note that registration is mandatory for both online and in-person attendance participants to the conference. Register here:

Should you have further questions or need more information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

With best regards,
Civil Society Unit

Office of the Director

Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
Vienna, Austria
T. +43 1 26060-4170 or +43 1 26060-4620


17 October 2022
21 October 2022
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