When it first took up the issue of transnational organized crime, in April 2003, CEB recognized the need for strengthening collective action by the United Nations system in confronting the threats posed by transnational organized crime. Two basic considerations underlay this conclusion. First was that transnational organized crime, while not a new phenomenon, had grown in strength and severity over the last decade, benefiting from technological innovations and establishing new links with terrorism.
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Since 2001, the United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) has built its policy agenda around the themes identified in the Secretary-General’s first report on the implementation of the Millennium Declaration (A/56/326). In that report, the Secretary-General set out a broad road map for the follow-up process and proposed two topics on which the process might focus each year, leading to a comprehensive review of the implementation of the Declaration in 2005.
CEB agreed to study further the applicability of the principles and standards of the United Nations Convention against Corruption in order to combat corruption and strengthen institutional integrity and respond to demands for accountability system-wide. The Board requested the High Level Committee on Programmes and the High-level Committee on Management and its relevant networks to be actively engaged in pursuing the matter further with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, with a view to establishing a concrete proposal for CEB.
CEB continued its consideration of management issues in a more integrated and concrete fashion over the 2006/07 period with the support of its High-level Committee on Management. The Committee and its networks had recently given considerable time and attention to the subject of management harmonization and reform within the competence of United Nations system executive heads, with the aim of sharing information, avoiding duplication of efforts, identifying successful experiences as benchmarks and setting common directions for future work.
With UNODC as the focal point, four multi-agency task forces were established under the auspices of CEB to identify and elaborate: links between ongoing conflicts and organized crime (UNODC, UNICEF, UNDPA, UNDP, DPKO, WFP, OCHA and UNRWA); collaborative interventions to counter trafficking in human beings and the smuggling of migrants, including responses to the vulnerability of trafficking victims to HIV/AIDS (IOM, UNHCHR, UNHCR, ILO, UNODC and UNICEF);
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Mr. Yury Fedotov of the Russian Federation Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and Director-General of the United Nations Office in Vienna (UNOV) on 9 July 2010. He holds the rank of Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations. Before that, Mr. Fedotov served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Court of St. James's in London for five years.