Russia`s stand in the UN

Vitaly Churkin, the Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN and also the Representative of Russia at the UN Security Council.

1952 – Born in Moscow
1974 – Graduates, Moscow State University of International Relations
1974 – Joins USSR Foreign Ministry
1981 – Receives PhD in history, USSR Diplomatic Academy
1974 – Staff member, USSR delegation to the strategic arms limitation talks
1979 – Third secretary, U.S. desk, USSR Foreign Ministry
1982 – Second, then first secretary, USSR embassy, Washington, D.C.
1987 – Staff member, International Department, CPSU central committee
1989 – Special advisor to USSR Foreign Minister
1990 – Director, information department, spokesman for USSR foreign ministry
1992 – Deputy Russian Foreign Minister, special representative of the Russian president to talks on former Yugoslavia
1994 – Russian ambassador to Belgium, liaison ambassador to NATO and WEU
1998 – Russian ambassador to Canada
2003 – Ambassador at large, Russian Foreign Ministry, Chairman of senior arctic officials, arctic council, senior official of Russia on the barents/Euro-arctic council
2006 – Permanent representative of the Russian federation to the United Nations
2006 – Representative of the Russian federation at the UN Security Council

Many criticise the United Nations but it is the only global forum where all countries can voice their opinion. The question is: are they heard or listened to? What are the issues today that the UN manages to handle and are there any that can be solved without the UN?