United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on 21 June 2017 appointed Vladimir Ivanovich Voronkov of the Russian Federation as Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Office.
The Under-Secretary-General will provide strategic leadership to United Nations counter-terrorism efforts, participate in the decision-making process of the UN and ensure that the cross-cutting origins and impact of terrorism are reflected in the work of the United Nations.
About Vladimir Ivanovich Voronkov
• At present, Vladimir Voronkov serves as the Russian Federation’s Permanent Representative to the International Organizations in Vienna.
• Prior to his appointment, he served as the Director of the Department of European Cooperation at the Ministry of Affairs in Moscow from 2008 to 2011.
• It was under his leadership that the Permanent Mission launched several flagship projects with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC).
• He also serves on the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
• He holds more than 30 years of foreign service experience, working primarily on the United Nations, as well as responsibilities ranging from public diplomacy and social and economic development issues, to intergovernmental affairs.
• He holds a PhD from Moscow State University, and has also authored various scientific publications on international issues.
About United Nations Counter-Terrorism Office
• The General Assembly on 15 June 2017 had approved the establishment of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Office.
• It was established by General Assembly resolution 71/291.
• It was created to help Member States implement the Organization's global counter-terrorism strategy.
Who: Vladimir Voronkov
When: 21 June 2017