Ukraine’s U.N. Diplomat Discusses Struggles for Peace and Security

10/14/2014

Yuriy Sergeyev, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations and Ambassador Extraordinary, will speak about the current situation in his country at the Honorable T. Linus Hoban Memorial Forum at The University of Scranton. The lecture, entitled “The Ukrainian-Russian Conflict and Global Security,” is slated for Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. in the McIlhenny Ballroom of the DeNaples Center on campus.

The University of Scranton is partnering with the Lackawanna Bar Association to present the forum. The public is invited to attend the lecture free of charge.

Also the Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, Ambassador Sergeyev has served Ukraine in various diplomatic and governmental posts during his 33-year career. From 2003 to 2007, he was the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to France and Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

In 2003, Ambassador Sergeyev was awarded The State Order of Ukraine “For Merit” and an Honorary Decree of Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, for which he served as: secretary of state (2001-2003), deputy minister (2001), director of the Directorate for Information (1994-1997), director of the Secretariat (1994), and director of the Press Service (1992-1993).

Ambassador Sergeyev also served his country as director-general, Directorate General for Foreign Policy of the Administration of the President of Ukraine (2000-2001), Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to Greece and Albania (1997-2000) and minister counselor of the Embassy of Ukraine to the United Kingdom (1997). He received a Ph.D. from Taris Shevchenko National University of Kyiv in Ukraine in 1981.

“At a tense time when the world is watching the events in Ukraine unfold with great concern, the Lackawanna Bar Association and The University of Scranton are privileged to offer our community an opportunity to learn more about this crisis and how it may have impact well beyond the borders of Ukraine or Russia. We are honored to host Ambassador Sergeyev” said Malcolm MacGregor, Esq., president of the Lackawanna Bar Association.

Since its inception in 1978, the Hoban Forum has hosted prominent world figures including U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist; Hans Blix, Ph.D., former chairman of the International Commission on Weapons of Mass Destruction; Alexander M. Haig Jr., former U.S. Secretary of State and supreme allied commander of NATO; Helmut Schmidt, former chancellor of West Germany; Edward Heath, former prime minister of the United Kingdom; the late Yitzak Rabin, former prime minister of Israel; and Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s chief international correspondent, and her husband James Rubin, President Clinton’s assistant secretary of state for public affairs. The most recent Hoban Forum, held in 2012, featured CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen, one of the few Westerners to interview Osama bin Laden.

 “The Hoban Forum has always brought to Scranton important figures on the world stage. We are pleased to once again collaborate with the Lackawanna Bar Association on this program and to bring Ambassador Sergeyev to campus to speak to our students, faculty, staff and the greater Scranton community on an issue of such significance. This lecture expresses well our commitment to provide an education that is engaged, integrated and global,” said University of Scranton President Kevin P. Quinn, S.J.

For additional information about the Hoban Forum, contact the University at 570-941-7401 or the Lackawanna Bar Association at 570-969-9161.

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