Yury Fedotov, Executive Director, United Nations Office on Drugs & Crime, Vienna
On 15 June 2012, Mr Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, gave a talk at the invitation of the Entrepreneurial School® at the annual Alumni Weekend organized by MCI Alumni & Friends.
Yury Fedotov is a high-ranking diplomat of the Russian Federation. In the course of his career, he has held several posts within the UN and has also served as Russian Deputy Foreign Minister and Ambassador to Algeria, India and Great Britain. In July 2010, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon appointed him head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
The speaker began his talk with an overview of the primary goals of the United Nations, namely achieving international cooperation, protecting human rights, maintaining peace and promoting respect for international law. The UN has a payroll of 44,000 employees, the speaker added.
Yury Fedotov explained that he had two functions within the organization: Director General at the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV) and Executive Director at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Within the UNODC, which accounts for 80% – 90% of his workload, his main task is coordinating the priorities of the United Nations and those of his own organization. The UNODC, which was created to fight international drug trafficking in 1997 and is located in Vienna, has about 5,000 employees recruited from 110 different countries and an annual budget of approximately 250 million US dollars. “We even have twenty dogs,” the speaker added with a smile.
In addition to the organizational aspects, Yury Fedotov also spoke about current developments in drug trafficking, including the situation in Europe.
The talk was chaired by FH-Prof. Dr. Michael Klassen, Head of the Department of Social Work at the MCI.
Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs & Crime, at his guest lecture at the MCI.