UNITED NATIONS—The Permanent Mission to the United Nation, under the guidance of Armenia’s Ambassador there Karen Nazarian, hosted its first annual “Armenians at the UN” event on May 26.
This was a team effort with long time UN employee Lucine Tegnazian, who partnered up with new ARS Coordinator Houry Geudelekian, to bring as many Armenians working at different UN entities or representing NGO-s. At any given time, there are more than 70 Armenians around the world who bear the title of UN employee or work/volunteer for the UN Mission and are members of ECOSOC.
On May 26, Armenians gathered to celebrate their successes and to share their unique knowledge of the workings of the UN. “We will gather here in this mission every year to celebrate our successes, the independence of Armenia and its future endeavors within UN entities with its talented Armenian staff and volunteers,” said Ambassador Karen Nazarian, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Armenia at the United Nations.
Lucine Tegnazian said, “On behalf of the United Nations Armenians, we greatly appreciate your hospitality, graciousness and warmth you showed us. We all truly felt at home!” Former Ambassador Movses Abelian, now director of Security Council Affairs Division, was also at hand reminiscing about the history of the building and how it came to be the Permanent Mission. “As a new member of this community, it gives me such pleasure to be part of what we now are calling Armenians at UN group”,– said Houry Geudelekian, ARS, Inc. UN Activities Coordinator.