On September 16th, the 6th Armenian-Diaspora Pan-Armenian Conference kicked off at Karen Demirtchyan Sport and Concert Complex.
During the plenary session, RA Minister of Diaspora, Hranush Hakobyan delivered her opening remarks, His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians gave his blessings to the participants of the conference. President of the Republic of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan, President of the Artsakh Republic, Bako Sahakyan, and His Holiness Arma I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia gave his blessings.
The 6th Armenian-Diaspora Pan-Armenian Conference was held under the title “Mutual Trust, Unity, and Resposibility” and with the participation of more than 1,800 representatives.
There were more than 1,500 leaders and representatives of Armenian structures and organizations from 71 countries around the world, Armenian Members of Parliament and ministers of different countries and Armenians elected as representatives of local authorities. Artsakh is represented by a 40 member delegation, and over 400 state, political and cultural figures, scholars and journalists are participating in the conference as representatives of the Republic of Armenia.
There were several large groups participating from the Russian Federation (259), the USA (213), France (92), Lebanon (107), Syria (44), Iran (56), Argentina (35), Canada, Turkey, and Georgia.
Representatives of the communities of Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Japan, Mexico, Ethiopia, Sudan, and Myanmar also participated in the conference for the first time.
During the conference, there were 2 plenary sessions, as well as 16 panel sessions devoted to 4 topics. The panel sessions were devoted to the development of Armenia’s economy, regional challenges and the national security agenda, the foreign policy agenda, the elimination of the consequences of the Armenian genocide and the preservation of the Armenian identity.
Two roundtable discussions were held during the conference. The first roundtable discussion was devoted to the creation of a Pan-Armenian Council. The second was devoted to the preliminary plans for organizing and conducting the celebrations dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the declaration of the Republic of Armenia, the 100th anniversary of the Battles of May and the 2,800th anniversary of Erebouni-Yerevan.