Members of the Russian Public Committee held their first meeting on Friday to discuss plans to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the United Nations.
Led by Anatoly Turkunov, rector at Moscow State Institute, the committee coordinates the work of the UN Association of Russia.
Attendees at Friday's meeting included representatives from local businesses, the media, diplomats, politics, science and art, as well as a variety of public figures.
Gennadiy Gatilov, deputy minister of Foreign Affairs for the Russian Federation, made a presentation in which he noted the significance of the timing of Russia’s 70th anniversary of the Victory of the Great Patriotic War and the United Nations’ 70th anniversary.
Speakers also noted the importance of the UN maintaining security and peace in the world.
Meeting attendees discussed several proposals, especially developing Russia civil society activities with the United Nations and the importance of counteracting the popular false history of Russia during World War II.
The committee is planning a number of events to celebrate the UN’s 70th anniversary, which is Oct. 25.
Included in Russia's events is the XXV Moscow International Model United Nations, an all-Russian competition themed “Letter to the President,” to be held in April.