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  • At Triangular Initiative Ministerial Meeting, UNODC Chief stresses regional cooperation in face of illicit drug threat

    Photo: UNODCSpeaking at the end of a one-day mission to Tehran, UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov noted the many challenges related to the flow of opiates from Afghanistan, but also highlighted the achievements of the Triangular Initiative, a body working to halt this movement: "The close collaboration between Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan is achieving operational successes. More than eight tons of drugs have been seized in 17 operations planned and coordinated by the Joint Planning Cell, which is one of the key features of the Triangular Initiative."

  • UNODC Executive Director: To save the orangutan, we must break the links between illegal timber trade, corruption and transnational organized crime

    The fate of orangutans like this baby are tied to Indonesia's forests (Photo courtesy © Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre) Environmental crimes, often financed and organized by transnational organized criminal groups, are destroying habitats and endangering species around the world. Noting UNODC estimates that up to 40 per cent of wood-products exported from East Asia and the Pacific may be produced from illegally harvested wood, the organization's Executive Director, Yury Fedotov, has urged policy makers to consider environmental crimes a serious form of transnational organized crime.

  • For an ecology of the mind: blending drug rehab with nature conservation in Sumatra

    Gories Mere (Head of BNN, in grey jacket) with UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov (centre) at a village in south Sumatra which receives support from the rehabilitation projectDev (not his real name) had been using drugs of increasing potency during his decade-long struggle with substance abuse. First alcohol. Then cannabis. Then crystal meth, which he snorted. Then heroin, which he injected. He lost his job. He was spiralling downwards. Desperate, his family admitted him to a drug treatment centre in Jakarta where he underwent detoxification and then a 6-month treatment programme.

  • UNODC Executive Director pledges continued UN support to Indonesia’s anti-corruption efforts

    Photo: UNODCAt a press event at Indonesia's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov stressed the importance of a national anti-corruption strategy and the work done by KPK. Praising the country's efforts and the commitment of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to independent anti-corruption agencies, Mr. Fedotov offered UNODC's support to Indonesia to fight transnational crime and corruption, particularly as they relate to environmental crime.

  • Lao PDR “extremely vulnerable” to trafficking by transnational organized crime groups, says UNODC Executive Director

    UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov with students from the National University of Laos promoting drug preventionLao PDR's position at the hub of the Greater Mekong Subregion and its shared borders with Cambodia, China, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam make it "extremely vulnerable" to the trafficking of people, illicit drugs and commodities by transnational organized crime groups, warned UNODC's Executive Director: "While economic growth and regional integration bring many positives, they also provide opportunities for transnational organized crime to expand".

  • UNODC Executive Director meets Viet Nam Deputy PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc

    UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov (left) with Viet Nam Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Huan Phuc (right) During a meeting in Hanoi, UNODC's Executive Director Yury Fedotov met with Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Deputy Prime Minister of Viet Nam. Mr. Fedotov commended the Government on its adoption of amendments to the Law on Handling Administrative Violations and its strong commitment to closing compulsory treatment centres. The Executive Director also praised the recent approval of the National Strategy on HIV and programmes pertaining to drug control and crime prevention.

  • UNODC Executive Director Meets Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

    Yury Fedotov, UNODC Executive Director, meets Nobel laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi at her residence in Yangon

    In his first ever official visit to Southeast Asia, UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov met today with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Member of Parliament, Chair of the Parliamentary Committee on Rule of Law and Tranquility, and Nobel laureate, at her residence in Nay Pyi Taw. Mr. Fedotov congratulated Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on her election and recent appointment and pledged UNODC's support and technical expertise in support of Myanmar's reforms.

  • UNODC Chief visits Myanmar, offers UNODC support on poppy, stresses need for all countries to adopt UN Anti-Corruption Convention

    UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov (left) with Myanmar Vice-President Dr. Sai Mauk Kham (right) in the national capital Nay Pyi TawSpeaking after his meeting with Vice-President Dr. Sai Mauk Kham in the national capital Nay Pyi Taw, UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov welcomed the Myanmar Government's request for UNODC support to help fight the trafficking of drugs throughout Southeast Asia: "Opium and amphetamine-type-stimulants are problems in Myanmar, and they are also considerable challenges to neighbouring countries. I welcome the Government's request to UNODC to do all we can to support Myanmar and other regional partners".