United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV)


Cooperation within the UNOV

The United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV) was established on 1 January 1980 as the third United Nations Headquarters after New York and Geneva (and before Nairobi). It performs representation and liaison functions with permanent missions to the United Nations (Vienna), the host Government and intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations in Vienna.

Permanent Mission of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the International Organizations in
Vienna coordinates its activities with the regional and political groupings within the United Nations Office at Vienna, such as Eastern European Group, the Group of Islamic Cooperation Organization Member States and the Group of Non-Aligned Movement Member States.

UNOV is headed by the Director General. Current Director General of the UNOV is Mr. Yury Fedotov (Russian Federation). He is, at the same time, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

Director General of the UNOV Mr. Yury Fedotov has paid two official visits to Azerbaijan in his capacity as the Director General/Executive Direvtor of the UNOV/UNODC. 

His first visit was on 17-18 October 2011 in order to attend the official inauguration ceremony of the Regional Training Center of the World Customs Organization in Baku and the international conference on “Fight against the illegal circulation of narcotic substances” organized by the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

The second visit of Mr. Fedotov to Azerbaijan was on 17-18 March 2013 in order to attend the High-level International
Conference on Strengthening Cooperation in preventing Terrorism co-organized by the Government of Azerbaijan, UNODC and ISESCO.

Several Azerbaijani high-level officials have visited the UNOV Headquarters in Vienna.

Minister of Emergency Situations of the Republic of Azerbaijan – H.E. Mr. Kamaladdin Heydarov visited the UNOV on 18 September 2012 and met with the Director General of the UNOV – Mr. Yury Fedotov.

The President of the Republic of Azerbaijan - H.E. Mr. Ilham Aliyev during his official visit to the Republic of Austria on 13-14 May 2013, has been to the UNOV Headquarters on 14 May 2013 and has met with the Director General Mr. Fedotov, as well as the heads of other Vienna-based international organizations, namely UNIDO, IAEA and CTBTO.

President Aliyev and Mr. Fedotov discussed the current level of cooperation between Azerbaijan and the UNOV and tried to explore new opportunities to advance the current cooperation.  

Combating drug trafficking


As one of the main kinds of transnational organized crime, drug trafficking threatens the
future of the mankind. Illicit financial flows resulting from drug trafficking are used for
financing of other kinds of transnational organized crime, including terrorism. For the
Republic of Azerbaijan this threat emanates from two aspects: 1) existence of occupied
territories (20% of the internationally recognized territories of the Republic of Azerbaijan is
under the occupation of the Republic of Armenia) and use of this uncontrolled “grey zones”
for drug trafficking and other criminal purposes; 2) Efforts to use the territory of Azerbaijan
as a transit route.


Law enforcement agencies of the Republic of Azerbaijan so far succeeded to counter
effectively the drug flow from these directions. Nevertheless the issue demands operational
and intelligence cooperation with different countries of the region. In this regard, Azerbaijan
joined to the initiative of the establishment of the Central Asia Regional Information and
Coordination Center (CARICC).


On November 1, 2007 the pilot phase of CARICC was launched. Two years later, on 22
March, 2009 the CARICC Agreement entered into force. In September 2009, the Host
government agreement was signed with the Government of Kazakhstan thus allowing full
scale operations of the Centre.


The purpose of the Centre is to facilitate information exchange and analysis, and to assist
in the coordination of operational activities of the various law enforcement agencies in
the region – police, drug control agencies, customs, border guards, security services of the
countries involved.


Activities of the Centre are supported by core staff (selected on competitive basis from the
law enforcement agencies of the participating countries) and by liaison officers from each of
the participating states attached to it. Azerbaijan has 3 liaison officers working in the central
office of the CARICC.


Container Control Programme


Container Control Programme aims at assisting law enforcement agencies to improve the
targeting and detecting of high risk containers in the international containerized trade supply
chain. Port Control Units (PCU) are established in selected seaports, as well as in key inland
dry ports, to prevent illicit use of containers, including for possible acts of terrorism, drug
trafficking and cross-border crime, whilst also facilitating the legitimate trade.


Azerbaijan joined Container Control Programme of the UNODC-World Customs Organizations (WCO) in November 2010.
First Assessment Mission comprised of the experts of the UNODC visited Azerbaijan to
identify the needs of the appropriate authorities of the Government of Azerbaijan in this
field.


In this regard, PCU has been established in Baku, Azerbaijan within the framework of the
above-mentioned Programme.


UNODC and WCO are assisting the Government of Azerbaijan in capacity building
activities for the established PCU. Trainings are being organized which enable law
enforcement officials of the Republic of Azerbaijan to enhance their skills in the area of
container profiling and risk management.


Anti-corruption


The Republic of Azerbaijan acceded to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) on 1 November 2005.

According to the appropriate regulations of the Review Mechanism of the UNCAC, observer mission comprising of the relevant experts
of UN Member States and the UNODC was established in June 2011 to observe the
implementation of the Convention by the Government of Azerbaijan. Mission elaborated
final report summarizing their findings. Report reflected all major achievements of the
Government of Azerbaijan in recent years in combating corruption.


The Government of Azerbaijan enjoys fruitful cooperation with International Anti-
Corruption Academy (IACA) based in Laxenburg, Austria, as a pioneering institution that
aims to overcome current shortcomings in knowledge and practice in the field of anti-
corruption.


After submitting Instument of Accession in September 2012, Azerbaijan has become a
State Party to the “Agreement for the Establishment of the International Anti-Corruption
Academy as an International Organization” in November 2012.


Delegation of the Republic of Azerbaijan attended the first Assembly of Parties of the IACA
on 29-30 November 2012. Prosecutor General of the Republic of Azerbaijan – Mr. Zakir
GARALOV was the head of Azerbaijani delegation.

The Ministry of Taxes of the Republic of Azerbaijan, on behalf of the Government, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the IACA on 15 February 2012 in Shamakhi, Azerbaijan. This Memorandum sets the ground for future fruitful cooperation.

The Parties to the Memorandum decided to further their cooperation through joint activities, such as organizing joint trainings, workshops, exchanging professors/instructors and etc. Furthermore, IACA was invited to have consultations with the faculty of the Training Center of the Ministry of Taxes on improving the anti-corruption modules of the academic curriculum of the Training Center. 

Counter-terrorism


Terrorism Prevention Branch (TPB) of the UNODC is the unit responsible for counter-
terrorism cooperation. The branch is mandated by the UN General Assembly to provide
technical assistance to the Member States, upon request, to strengthen the capacity of their
criminal justice systems in preventing and countering acts of terrorism.


The Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan, through the Permanent Mission in Vienna
has been actively engaged in fruitful cooperation with the TPB. Tens of criminal justice
officials of Azerbaijan have been trained through the training programs organized by the
TPB since several years.


High-level International Conference on Strengthening Cooperation in Preventing Terrorism,
held in Baku, Azerbaijan on 18-19 March 2013 was organized in close cooperation and
coordination with the TPB. Conference was held under the patronage of His Excellency Mr.Ilham Aliyev, the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan and was attended by the high-level representatives of 52 UN Member States and 22 International Organizations. Chair’s summary was adopted at the end of the Conference summarizing the ideas and thoughts expressed during the Conference by different official delegations and prominent experts.


HIV/AIDS prevention


Project entitled "Effective HIV/AIDS Prevention and care among vulnerable Populations in
Central Asia and Azerbaijan" is currently implemented in cooperation with the UNODC Office
in Central Asia in order to address the increasing trends of HIV/AIDS problems within
societies of these countries.

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Through addressing normative policy and programmatic aspects and capacity building,
the project is going to establish a favourable environment in all project countries to better
implement HIV/AIDS prevention and care activities among injecting drug users.


Public diplomacy events at UNOV


In addition to the political and technical cooperation carried out within the UNOV, the
Government of Azerbaijan organizes public diplomacy events in the UNOV premises.


Exhibition “Say No to Drugs” organized by the State Customs Committee of the Republic
of Azerbaijan as a side event during the 54th session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs
in a Rotunda Hall of the UNOV from 21 till 25 March 2011 could be excellent example for
these kind of events.


International Festival - Bazaar


Every year in December, Vienna chapter of the United Nations Women Guild (UNWG)
organizes International Festival – Bazaar in the premises of the Austria Center. The aim
of the event is to raise funds for the children in need and/or mother-child care programs
throughout the World.


Permanent Mission of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the International Organizations
in Vienna is one of the most active participants of the International Festival - Bazaar.
By offering different tastes from its national cuisine, national souvenirs and cultural
performances, as well as by submitting expensive presents for the tombala of Bazaar,
Azerbaijan is contributing greatly to fundraising activities.






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