UN Ambassadors — July 2016

Project Interchange, in coordination with the Israeli Mission to the UN, hosted its largest seminar in Israel of UN Ambassadors, which included eleven ambassadors representing a diverse array of countries. Despite being the only democracy in the Middle East, Israel routinely faces harsh criticism and condemnation at the United Nations. Throughout their week in Israel, UN Ambassadors were provided with a deeper understanding of the geopolitical and security challenges facing Israel, Israel’s perspective on foreign policy, and the diversity and richness of Israeli society. Visits to sites around the country demonstrated Israel’s role as a world leader in innovations with global impact and its progress as a multi-faceted nation. Additionally, Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, who recently became the first Israeli to head a permanent committee in the UN, attended many of the sessions with the delegation. The ambassadors engaged in high-level briefings with Israeli officials, such as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Speaker of the Knesset Yuli Edelstein, and Ambassador Dore Gold, Director General at Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Additional private meetings took place on topics specific to the United Nations 2030 Global Agenda including: special needs, gender equality and women’s empowerment, and food security. The delegation traversed much of Israel, including the Northern border and Southern region, and conducted meetings with leaders in the Palestinian Authority.