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The representatives of 50 countries worked out the regulation of the UN at the first Congress of the United Nations in San Francisco, 1945. It was signed on July 26, 1945 but they consider that the organization officially started its activities on October 24 of the same year. The organization celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. A number of arrangements are envisaged to take place within the framework of this celebration. The presentation of “We and Our History” song opened the festive arrangements. Consuelo Vidal, UN Resident Coordinator, represented the series of arrangements and stated that the song performed by 26 Armenian singers fully reflected the ideas and the values of the organization.

A big open-air concert will take place on September 17, while on September 24 a big chess competition will be held in Cascade. Well-known Armenian chess players as well as children from 17 cities of our republic will participate in the open-air competition. Smbat Lputian, outstanding Armenian chess player, believes that the competition organized by the Armenian Chess Federation and the Chess Academy will be a genuine chess feast. The arrangements also include the competition of schoolchildren’s literary compositions on the topic “The UN in the World and in My Life.” An exhibition of young photographers will open on the very birthday of the organization, on October 24. The concert of classical music at Aram Khachatrian Concert Hall will complete the day.

Ms. Vidal said that the UN Summit dedicated to Millennium Development Aims project will be held in New York soon. She said that the Armenian delegation will also represent its report at the New York summit.

This year is important for the organization for another reason, too. The fifth anniversary of the Millennium memorandum is celebrated in 2005, as well. It’s worth reminding that the abovementioned memorandum was signed in 2000 by 191 countries of the world that committed to achieve the 8 aims of the millennium development until 2015. The millennium goals are as follows: struggle against diseases and children’s death, assistance to the victims of natural disasters, poverty overcoming, stability of environment and maintaining education, as well as cooperation between the countries of the world.

By Gohar Gevorgian

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