Israel’s National Agency for International Cooperation is at the forefront of activities aimed at global climate change.
(Communicated by the Deputy Foreign Minister’s Bureau)
Deputy Foreign Minister Daniel Ayalon spoke at today’s seminar on "Israel’s Preparations for Climate Change" taking place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In his opening address, Ayalon said that preserving the wonderful resources of the planet is an existential value for us, with moral, economic and political importance. We live in an environment of deficiency, especially in Israel, which has a shortage of water, and accordingly we must treat the subject with the appropriate seriousness.
The deputy foreign minister added that, politically, Israel faces delegitimization and a problematic image that others are trying to make stick. One of the ways of dealing with this is to brand Israel as a state that contributes to the world, especially in the field of the environment. This has a positive impact on Israel’s image.
Ayalon mentioned the importance of Israel’s joining the OECD. He also noted that the Copenhagen Conference demonstrated the good relations and cooperation between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and the Environment.
At the seminar, different speakers will review the various consequences of global climate change on Israel. Topics include reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the implications for the energy industry and the local economy, and uniquely Israeli aspects of coping with the problem in the fields of research, technology and business.
The seminar was organized by MASHAV – Israel’s National Agency for International Cooperation – and the Training Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in cooperation with the Ministry of Environmental Protection. MASHAV, which for more than 50 years has been organizing training programs in developing countries throughout the world, is now at the forefront of activities aimed at global climate change.