Israeli envoy to the U.N. says agreement will prevent politicization and delegitimization of Israel in the U.N. Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women.
By Shlomo Cesana
Israel is set to join the executive board of the U.N. Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women.
According to Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. Danny Danon, the deal will allow for cooperation between various Israeli government agencies and the U.N. agency for women’s rights, and will pave the way for Israelis to join the ranks of the organization and establish opportunities for further cooperation between U.N. organizations and Israel.
In addition, Danon said that the agreement will serve to highlight the work Israel does around the world and help prevent Palestinian attempts to politicize the body, as well as the delegitimization of Israel.
Danon will sign the agreement with Executive Director of U.N. Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. According to Danon, the agreement will serve as the U.N. equivalent for establishing diplomatic relations between countries. Israel’s delegation to the UN is already planning a series of follow-up agreements that will deepen Israel’s ties with the organization.
According to the organization’s official website, “U.N. Women, among other issues, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; empowerment of women; and achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.”
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