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Afghan Ambassador To The U.N. To Speak At UVU

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October 19, 2011
For Immediate Release

University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807
Written by: Caleb Price (425) 314-3788

Zahir Tanin, the permanent representative of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the United Nations, will speak at Utah Valley University on Oct. 27 at 2:30 p.m. in the Sorensen Student Center, room 206 b/c. Tanin’s address will center around changes in U.S.-Afghan relations.

“We are honored to have Ambassador Tanin speak to our university community,” said Rusty Butler, associate vice president of UVU’s Office of International Affairs & Diplomacy.  “While here, he will honor the men and women who have served in our military in Afghanistan.  We welcome all who are interested to come to his lecture, especially those who have served in Afghanistan.”

During his time with the United Nations, Tanin has served in numerous positions. During the 63rd session of the General Assembly in 2008, he was named vice president of the general assembly, a position he continues to hold during the 65th session of the General Assembly. He has also chaired the informal plenary of intergovernmental negotiations on Security Council reform as well as the vice chair of the open-ended working group. During the 63rdsession of the General Assembly, Ambassador Tanin was appointed as the chair of the Intergovernmental Negotiations on Security Council Reform, a position he was reappointed to during the 64thand 65thsessions of the General Assembly.

Prior to being appointed as permanent representative to the United Nations, Tanin spent 11 years with the BBC. He served as producer from 1995 to 2000 and as a senior producer from 2000 to 2001. He was also an editor for BBC World Service, Afghanistan and Central Asia from 2001 to 2003 and as an editor for the BBC Persian/Pashto section from 2003 to 2006.

Tanin, who holds a doctorate degree, graduated from Kabul Medical University. In 1980, he began his career as a journalist in Kabul. Until 1992, Tanin was editor-in-chief of Akhbar-e-Haftah and Sabawoon Magazine. He co-authored “The Communist Regime in Afghanistan” and authored “Afghanistan in the Twentieth Century.” He also produced a 29-part program for the BBC entitled “The Oral History of Afghanistan in the 20th Century.”

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