Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation approved and supported two projects of the Golden Lecture Series initiated by the International Association “Znanie”: “Lectures of prominent political and public figures” and “Lectures of Nobel Prize winners”.
The purpose of the projects is to record in video format popular lectures by leading scientists and politicians of international renown. After the lectures have been translated into the official UN languages, they will be made available to the international community through posting on the MA “Znanie”, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and other Internet resources.
The first “Golden Series” project was launched on March 27, 2009 in cooperation with the Foreign Ministry, the International Life magazine and MA “Znanie”, which set up the magazine 55 years ago. Deputy Foreign Minister A. Yakovenko made an opening speech in the Grand Mansion of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Moscow). He introduced the participants of the project: president of MA “Znanie” E. Malitikov and editor-in-chief of “International Life” A. Oganesyan, as well as information partner of the “Golden Series” – TV channel “Vesti-24”.
The first project of the Golden Series opened with a lecture by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who arrived at the Grand Mansion after meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. The lecture of the UN Secretary General was devoted to the global challenges facing humanity at the beginning of the 21st century, including the economic crisis and the climate warming. The lecture was well received by the audience.
Ban Ki-moon also held personal meetings with the participants of the event and attended the reception together with well-known political and public figures, scientists: Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia A. Yakovenko, President of MA Znanie E. Malitikov, Russian envoy to the UN V. Churkin, members of the Russian Federation Council A. Korovnikov and A. Dzasokhov, State Duma deputy A. Chilingarov, General Director of ITAR-TASS V. Ignatenko, special representative of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Russian Federation V. Krylov. Russian State Duma deputy A. Chilingarov, ITAR-TASS Director General V. Ignatenko, Special Representative of the Russian President for International Cultural Cooperation M. Shvydkoy, member of the Russian Presidential Council for the Development of Civil Society Institutions and Human Rights V. Tretyakov, Director of the International Institute of Energy Policy and Diplomacy of MGIMO V. Saligin, professor of the Russian Foreign Ministry Diplomatic Academy I. Panarin, editor-in-chief of International Life magazine A. Ohanesyan, foreign ambassadors to Russia.
The next lectures of the first project of the “Golden Series” will be delivered by Czech expresident Vaclav Havel, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, former French President Jacques Chirac, former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.
Currently MA Znanie, with the support of UNESCO and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, is preparing the second project of the Golden Series – “Lectures by Nobel Prize Laureates”.