How can my organization get involved?
- Fill out the membership form.
- After becoming a paying member, submit your list of three (3) representatives your organization designates for the “Advocacy Algorithm” training. If you are already well versed in the UN, you can give that access to your interns or volunteers and use this to strengthen your team or encourage new participation. Access is given for a year at a time.
- Connect with the Focal Point of your organization’s interest and begin to work with other NGOs on
Does my NGO have to have ECOSOC status to work with the NGOs in the Alliance?
Originally this was the case but soon after its formation, the Alliance included non-ECOSOC non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
When and where does the Alliance meet?
The Alliance meets both in Vienna and online, with many meetings being blended: In Vienna with NGOs and the UNODC Civil Society Team present and people joining virtually using today’s communications technologies.
To find out when the next meeting will be, check the Calendar.
Why should my organization join the Alliance?
The value of the Alliance to an organization with be determined by a mix of the following, as well as other considerations:
- The Alliance is a group of peers who can help mentor you and your team during intergovernmental meetings as well as in general.
- When your NGO develops significant innovations in the area of crime prevention and criminal justice and seeks to bring this to the attention of the Crime Commission or Crime Congress, the Alliance is the main nexus for civil society and the UNODC.
- How much time and energy your organization and its representatives can commit to engaging with other NGOs in the work of crime prevention and criminal justice issues as mapped out by UNODC.
Why become a paying member?
Paying members help ensure Alliance can fulfill its mission to, “Bring together, encourage, foster, enhance and assist” the essential role of civil society at the global level. To be global actors contributing to global conversations, policy development and engagement, can ask much of us as individuals and organizations. The Alliance works to facilitate this process.
The impact and influence of the Alliance builds upon the volunteerism and activism of its members. Paying members help the Alliance help its members raise the voice of Civil Society. Civil Society’s innovations, activities and values need to be understood and engage by the Member States of the UN. Those organizations choosing to participate in this global process are implicitly called upon to lead, and the individual benefits naturally result through engagement.
Becoming a paying member is one of these opportunities to engage and lead at the global level.
If you and your organization are not familiar with working in intergovernmental environments, then one of the first things you need to do is to make sure you and your team understand the UN, its organs, their functions, decision-making in the UN and in particular, the work of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime.
While learning about how to work effectively at the UN is usually a work in progress, we do encourage you to join the Alliance to benefit from access to the basic training course, “The Advocacy Algorithm” provided by the NGO-Academy.
How to I contact the Focal Point that deals with my expertise and interest?
Use this link to complete an email to the Focal Point you choose.
What is a Focal Point?
What and where is the UNODC?
UNODC is a global leader in the fight against illicit drugs and international crime. Established in 1997 through a merger between the United Nations Drug Control Programme and the Centre for International Crime Prevention, UNODC operates in all regions of the world through an extensive network of field offices.
It deals with the following issues:
- Alternative development
- Crime prevention and criminal justice
- Drug prevention, treatment and care
- Drug trafficking
- Fraudulent medicines
- HIV and AIDS
- Human trafficking and migrant smuggling
- Organized crime
- Maritime crime and piracy
- Terrorism prevention
- Wildlife and forest crime
UNODC recognizes the need to promote strong partnerships with civil society organizations in dealing with the complex issues of drug abuse and crime which undermine the fabric of society. The active involvement of civil society, which includes NGOs, community groups, labour unions, indigenous groups, charitable organizations, faith-based organizations, professional associations and foundations is essential to help UNODC carry out its global mandates.
UNODC has an office specifically tasked with coordinating with the civil society:
Civil society team, DPA/PAB/AS
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
Does the Alliance provide training for Member's volunteers to work in the intergovernmental arena?
The Alliance currently has an arrangement with www.NGO-Academy.org that has a legacy training program they make available free of charge to paying Alliance members.
This training program provides all the basics for those new to activism within the intergovernmental arena of the United Nations. It is a 35 part training series that significantly builds the advocacy capacity of its students.
Each paying Alliance member gets 3 registrations per year (that is for $50, 3 organizational representatives get access to a course that usually costs $495.) Once you have paid your membership, you will be asked if you have any volunteers interested in the training and they will have access 24/7 for one full year.
Pay your Membership Dues here: Membership
When is the next Crime Congress?
The 14th Crime Congress will be in 2020.
The 13th Congress was in 2015 in Doha. Information will become available on the UNODC site: http://www.unodc.org/congress/index.html.
When is the next Crime Commission?
Our organization does not have representatives in Vienna or New York, how can we be active with Alliance?
It's takes time and effort to coordinate or collaborate with other NGOs, why should we try?
The UNODC and groups of Member States often take little note of one lone NGO’s voice and look to organizations such as the Alliance to better understand the positions, interests and commitment of civil society. And yes, coordinating civil society and finding a common voice can be at least as challenging as it is for Member States, yet it remains a fact that that NGOs with representatives to the UN are by default, the voice of civil society in the inter-governmental arena. This responsibility can only be met well as we all stretch, fully aware that we are, better together #bettertogether.