Beyond 2008: Final Declaration and Resolutions

23 July 2008
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The "Beyond 2008" NGO Forum was held in Vienna, Austria from July 7-9, 2008.  It was the final step in the global consultation of NGOs involved in responding to drug related problems and to provide civil society input for the 10-year UNGASS review.
Three draft resolutions and the draft declaration were subject to a line by line examination and intense debate. At the end of the Forum the Declaration and three Resolutions were adopted by consensus by all those participating in the Forum.  This was an historic achievement and reflected the maturity and commitment of the global NGO community. 

On the website of the Vienna NGO Committee (VNGOC) the process of Beyond 2008 NGO consultations is explained.

The documents will be translated into all six UN languages but at present are only available in English. The Declaration and Resolutions can be downloaded here.
On the third day time was given over to considering new text which had been submitted by participants.  In the time available it was not possible to consider all the new proposals.  However, for transparency and to allow future consideration of these additional texts, they can be downloaded here.

Some interesting reports on the proceedings by participating NGOs are listed here: