Ara Abramian

Mr Ara Abramian, Goodwill Ambassador

Ara Abramian, a distinguished representative of civil society in the Russian Federation, was designated UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for the Dialogue among Civilizations on 15 July 2003 in recognition of his unflagging support for projects for the development of civil society in Russia.

Since his designation, Mr Abramian contributed to the celebration of the 300th anniversary of the foundation of Saint Petersburg held under UNESCO auspices in October 2003 and to the Regional Forum on Dialogue among Civilizations, which took place in Ohrid, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

Well known for his cultural and charity activities, Mr Abramian has been awarded the highest distinctions, including the Medal of Friendship and the Medal for the Defence of Human Rights. He was also chosen Man of the Year in 2001, 2003 and 2005 by the Russian media.

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