UN passes Israeli-sponsored resolution on sustainable development


Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. Danny Danon in May 2015. Credit: Marc Israel Sellem/Flash90.

(JNS.org) The United Nations General Assembly passed an Israeli-sponsored resolution Friday focusing on international innovation and development. 

The resolution, entitled “Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Development," passed with 123 countries supporting it, 30 countries opposing and eight abstaining. The Israeli-sponsored resolution focuses on ways that U.N. member states can remove barriers facing entrepreneurs and help foster talent within their societies. 

It also seeks to increase access and opportunities for women, youth and people with disabilities by “promoting entrepreneurship education through capacity building, training programs and business incubators.”

"This resolution is further proof of the important contributions that Israel makes to the world as a leader in innovation and entrepreneurship," Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. Danny Danon said in a statement.

The resolution passed despite nearly automatic opposition to all Israeli resolutions by the Arab bloc.

Danon called their opposition “hypocritical,” noting that many elements of the bill could help all countries in the Middle East. 

“Every day, more and more countries are showing interest in Israel's success," he said. "We are proud to cooperate with countries around the world and to share knowledge and know-how as we work together to build a better world.”

Posted on November 18, 2016 .