JERUSALEM, Dec. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon is escorting a delegation of ambassadors to the UN on a trip to Israel, organized by AJC Project Interchange and led by Ambassador Aaron Jacob, AJC Director of Diplomatic Affairs.
The delegation of 14 ambassadors from Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America marks the fifth time that AJC (American Jewish Committee) has brought a group of UN Ambassadors to Israel, and the second time this year the group is led by Ambassador Danon and AJC.
"Ambassadors to the UN represent their countries in the world's most important international forum," said Ambassador Danon. "Their visit to Israel will provide them the opportunity to view up close the challenges, and opportunities, facing the Jewish state during a tumultuous time in our region. Additionally, this delegation is sure to strengthen our ties with these important countries."
"We appreciate and thank each ambassador for taking the time to experience first-hand Israel's dynamism and start-up economy, as well as the serious security challenges this small UN member state continues to confront in the tumultuous Middle East," said Jacob. "The more one knows about Israel, the more one understands, and that is why this five-day visit is so important."
To provide a deeper understanding of the geopolitical and security challenges Israel faces, the ambassadors will travel throughout Israel, including Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, the Northern border and Southern region. Visits to hi-tech and agricultural research facilities will demonstrate Israel's role as a world leader in innovations with global impact.
They will meet with Israeli officials and academic experts, as well as with Israelis representative of the country's diverse population. Meetings will take 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 also will travel to Ramallah to meet with Palestinian government officials and with Palestinian entrepreneurs, to discuss co-existence opportunities, including the new joint Israeli-Jordanian-Palestinian Industrial Zone.
Both in Israel and in Ramallah, the ambassadors will discuss with officials current challenges to advancing the peace process.
The delegation includes ambassadors from Albania, Argentina, Botswana, Bulgaria, Burundi, the Republic of Cameroon, Costa Rica, Georgia, Guatemala, Jamaica, Mexico, the Federated States of Micronesia, Sierra Leone, and Uganda.
About AJC Project Interchange: For nearly 35 years, Project Interchange, a nonprofit educational institute of AJC (American Jewish Committee), has brought approximately 6,000 influential figures to Israel from 95 countries and all 50 U.S. states, offering them broad exposure and first-hand understanding of the complex issues facing Israel and the region. projectinterchange.org.
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SOURCE American Jewish Committee