Global Agenda

Author: A.V. Yakovenko

Reception in honor of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Moscow, March 27, 2009

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and International Affairs Editor-in-Chief Armen Oganesyan

A.V. Yakovenko, Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation

YOUR EXCELLENCY,

Ladies and gentlemen,

This year marks 55 years of Russia's most authoritative foreign policy journal International Affairs. To mark the occasion, the Ministry of Foreign

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Affairs of the Russian Federation and the journal launch a "Golden Collection" series of lectures. The lecturers will include heads of state, foreign ministers, heads of international organizations, prominent political and public figures and academics who visit Moscow. Their lectures, I'm sure, will find listeners and readers not only among the public in Russia but also in other countries. Their lectures will be live on Vesti TV channel, distributed by the Znanie international association and they, of course, will appear in International Affairs.

UN activities is the object of the journal's special interest. International Affairs has published articles, interviews and addresses of practically every UN Secretary-General.

I should like to take advantage of this opportunity to introduce to you Armen Garnikovich Oganesyan, new editor-in-chief of International Affairs, who will conduct the discussion after Mr. Ban Ki-moon's talk.

Ladies and gentlemen,

I have the privilege to present to you UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who kindly agreed to open this series of lectures responding to a request from Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov who is also chairman of the journal's council.

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General

Excellencies,

Ladies and gentlemen,

Thank you for your warm welcome.

I am honored to take part in this lecture series marking the 55th anniversary of the Foreign Ministry's journal, International Affairs.

Given your country's vast size, your tradition of prodigious literary and intellectual output, your remarkable history and the immense importance of Russia in the world today — given all ...

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