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Events at HQ mark 65th anniversary of the end of World War II
26 April 2010 / 05:05

[Dateline: New York | Author: Department of Public Information]

In a special message marking the commemoration of the 65th anniversary of the end of World War II and its victory over fascism, Secretary-General BAN Ki-moon said, “The anniversary of the end of the Second World War holds special importance for the United Nations. The war shaped our mission, and its lessons guide our work. To quote the UN Charter, our main purpose is to ‘save succeeding generations from the scourge of war’… The war took a particularly heavy toll on the people of the CIS [Commonwealth of Independent States] region, who played a key role in the defeat of fascism. Their sacrifices should compel us today to act in the face of violence, xenophobia, aggressive nationalism, terrorism and extremism.”

The Department of Public Information, together with the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the UN is organizing a number of commemorative events at Headquarters, including a film screening, a photo exhibition and a concert in the General Assembly Hall featuring the CIS Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Film screening of “Ballad of a Soldier” (1959, Russian w/ English subtitles)
Tuesday, 27 April 2010
6:15 p.m.
Conference Room 7, North Lawn Building

“Ballad of a Soldier” tells the story of Alyosha, a Russian soldier in World War II who single-handedly fends off two enemy tanks and is granted a visit with his mother as a reward. As he journeys home, Alyosha encounters the devastation of his war-torn country, witnesses glimmers of hope among the people, and falls in love. With its poetic visual imagery, Grigori Chukhrai's “Ballad of a Soldier” is an unconventional meditation on the effects of war, and is considered a milestone in Russian cinema. It was a prize winner at the Cannes Film Festival and San Francisco International Film Festival in 1960.

Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN, Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, will deliver opening remarks.

Staff members are invited to attend the film screening.  Due to limited capacity, seating will be strictly on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, please email

Concert in GA Hall featuring the CIS Youth Symphony Orchestra
Friday, 7 May 2010
7:00 p.m.
General Assembly Hall

This special commemorative concert will feature the Youth Symphony Orchestra of the Commonwealth of Independent States (former Soviet Union), led by world-renowned conductor, Victor Spivakov. 

The CIS Youth Symphony Orchestra designates a new conductor each year, to teach and mentor talented young musicians from the CIS, who go through a rigorous competitive process and win a spot in the Orchestra for one year.

The Orchestra will perform a variety of musical selections from works such as Rachmaninov’s 2nd concerto, Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” and “Swan Lake”, Verdi’s “The Force of Destiny”, Puccini’s “La Bohème and more.

A limited number of tickets will be made available to staff. To ensure fair distribution, tickets will be granted by random lottery. 

To enter the lottery, please send an e-mail to by close of business Friday, 30 April.

250 names will be selected electronically, at random. Recipients will be entitled to two tickets and will be notified via e-mail with pick-up instructions on Monday, 3 May.

Photo Exhibition: “We Won Together”
1-14 May 2010 (opening on Monday, 3 May 2010)
Delegates’ Entrance

This special exhibition will celebrate the victory in World War II through photos highlighting the role of the CIS (former Soviet Union) in the defeat of fascism.

For more information and to RSVP, please email