University of Pittsburgh
September 27, 2001

Mongolian Ambassador to the United Nations to Visit University of Pittsburgh Ambassador Enkhsaikhan to discuss U.N. response to international terrorism

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September 27, 2001

PITTSBURGH—Jargalsaikhany Enkhsaikhan, Mongolian ambassador to the United Nations, will visit the University of Pittsburgh Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 3 and 4, to take part in a panel discussion on globalization, to give a lecture on international terrorism, and to meet with Pitt students and faculty.

Ambassador Enkhsaikhan will talk about U.S.-Mongol relations in an introduction to the panel discussion, "Mongolia: The Effects of Globalization on Lesser Industrialized Countries," at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 2K56 Posvar Hall. At 2:30 p.m. Thursday in Room 3J12 Posvar Hall, Ambassador Enkhsaikhan will lecture on the United Nation's response to international terrorism.

The ambassador's wife, hydraulic engineer Budjav Batgerel, will join him in his visits with students and faculty, and the pair will tour the University and city during their two-day stay. The Pitt undergraduate students participating are those who have traveled to Mongolia to conduct research and are in the Model U.N. Club. The University Honors College (UHC) is bringing Ambassador Enkhsaikhan and Batgerel to the University. The ambassador's events are cosponsored by the UHC and the Asian Studies Program, the Center for Russian and East European Studies, the European Union Center, and the Global Studies Program.

Ambassador Enkhsaikhan, born in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, was graduated from the Moscow State Institute for International Relations as an international lawyer. He worked as secretary of the legal department in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Mongolian People's Republic (MFA/MPR) from 1974 to 1979. He then became secretary of the Mongolian Mission to the U.N. for five years. From 1986 to 1988, he served as acting head of the legal and policy planning departments in MFA/MPR, and as minister-counselor of the Mongolian Embassy in Moscow from 1988 to 1992. He then returned to Mongolia to become advisor to the president. In 1994, he was named executive secretary of the Mongolian National Security Council and became the president's national security advisor.

He has served as U.N. ambassador since 1996. In that capacity Ambassador Enkhsaikhan was elected chairman of the group of landlocked states at the U.N. and has chaired various meetings and committees. He is the author of numerous articles on international relations and international law. Ambassador Enkhsaikhan speaks English, Russian, and French in addition to his native Mongolian.