Secretary-General Appoints Movses Abelian of Armenia Assistant Secretary-General for General Assembly and Conference Management

(UN) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Movses Abelian, born in Armenia and a national of Georgia, as Assistant Secretary-General of the Department of General Assembly and Conference Management.  He will succeed Catherine Pollard of Guyana, whom the Secretary-General has appointed as the Under-Secretary-General of the Department of General Assembly and Conference Management.

Mr. Abelian brings with him over 25 years of experience in peace and security issues and conflict resolution as well as extensive expertise leading, supporting and managing complex portfolios and intergovernmental processes, including the General Assembly, the Security Council and the Executive Boards of United Nations Funds and Programmes.

As Director of the Security Council Affairs Division since April 2011, Mr. Abelian served as the Secretary of the Security Council and provided substantive advice to the President and members of the Council and its subsidiary bodies on matters related to the Council’s work, practices and procedures.  Mr. Abelian also has several years’ experience in management, including programme planning and budget, having previously worked as Secretary of the Administrative and Budgetary Committee of the General Assembly (Fifth Committee) and the Committee on Programme and Coordination at the United Nations.

Prior to joining the United Nations, Mr. Abelian was the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Armenia to the United Nations (1998-2003) and Deputy Permanent Representative from 1996 to 1998.  During his diplomatic career, Mr. Abelian served in various capacities including as the Chairman of the Fifth Committee (1998); Vice-Chairman of the United Nations Disarmament Commission and Special Negotiator for the United Nations Peacekeeping Scale Financing Reform (2000); President of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF); and Facilitator for United Nations Reform during the fifty-seventh session of the General Assembly (2002).

Prior to joining Armenia’s Foreign Service in 1992, Mr. Abelian worked in academia as Associate Professor at Yerevan State University from 1989.

Mr. Abelian was educated in Armenia, the Russian Federation and the United States.  Mr. Abelian is married and has two children.

Knights of Vartan Ani Lodge Begins Three-Part Lecture Series Marking the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

Lecture to take place at George Mason University on February 26, 2015

– As previously
reported, the Knights of Vartan-Ani Lodge in Washington, DC has begun a
three-part academic series of lectures touching upon different aspects of the
Armenian Genocide. The first lecture, “Oil, Politics, and the Genocide in
Armenia: The First World War Retrospect,” featured Professor Christopher Simpson,
a professor of Journalism from the School of Communications at American
University, and was held on January 29, 2015 at American University in
Washington, DC.

The second
lecture will feature Professor Simpson on the same topic on Thursday, February
26, 2015 at George Mason University, 10423 Rivanna River Way, Fairfax, Virginia
22030 from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

The third
and final lecture will feature Dr. Gregory Stanton, Research Professor in
Genocide Studies and Prevention, George Mason University, for a presentation on
“Why Denial Violates the Genocide Convention: The Genocides of Armenians,
Native Americans, and Tutsis in Rwanda.” The final lecture will take place on
Thursday, March 19, 2015 at The George Washington University Law School,
Michael K Young Faculty Conference Center, 2000 H Street NW, Washington, DC
20052 from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

“The Knights
of Vartan and the entire Washington, DC Armenian American community is grateful
to Professor Simpson, Dr. Stanton and these esteemed universities for advancing
genocide and holocaust education in our nation’s capital,” stated Ani Lodge
Commander Jake Bournazian. “Engaging the American public is a critical part of
genocide education efforts. The Armenian community is intrinsically interested
in the genocide and it is up to us to show the relevancy of studying the
Armenian Genocide to issues that are important to the American public today,”
Bournazian said.

Simpson is internationally recognized for his expertise in democracy, and media
theory and practice. He has authored five books and won national awards for
investigative reporting, historical writing, and literature. These first two
lectures discuss the lucrative concessions that US oil companies received from
the Ottoman Turks and the subsequent aggressive congressional lobbying by
American oil companies for the U.S. government’s silence on the Armenian

Stanton served as a Foreign Service Officer in the State Department from 1992
to 1999, where he drafted the UN Security Council Resolutions (955 and 978)
that created the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. In 1992, he also
drafted the UN Peacekeeping Resolutions that helped end the Mozambique civil
war from 1977 to 1992. In 1999, Stanton founded Genocide Watch, the
International Campaign to End Genocide, the first international anti-genocide
coalition. Stanton served as the President of the International Association of
Genocide Scholars from 2007 to 2009 and Vice President from 2005 to 2007.

All three
lectures are produced by the Knights of Vartan Ani Lodge with the support of
our cosponsors, the Armenian Bar Association, the National Association for
Armenian Studies and Research, and Genocide Watch. Historical and archival
material provided by the Armenian National Institute.

Space is
limited and RSVP is required. For media inquiries or to RSVP, please contact
Knights of Vartan Ani Lodge at