Meir Yitzhaki, deputy director of the ministry’s department for arms control will serve as deputy chairman of the UNDC.

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)

Israel last night (Tuesday, 26 July) was elected to the deputy chairmanship of the United Nations Disarmament Commission (UNDC). The position will be filled by Meir Yitzhaki, deputy director of the ministry’s department for arms control.

The UNDC is a subsidiary body of the General Assembly and serves to recommend to it ways to solve problems on the global agenda of disarmament. The decisions taken by the UNDC form the basis for future international action in disarmament. Formed in 1978, the UNDC’s mandate is to deal with both conventional and nuclear disarmament.

Israel’s election represents an impressive achievement at the UN and an expression of its effort to become substantively integrated in various UN activities. In addition, Israel’s election to the sensitive task of nuclear disarmament is an expression of its professional capacity to contribute to a field that is itself problematic for Israel.