On Wednesday 23 November, the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Personnel Training Department and the University for Peace – established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1980 – signed a Memorandum of Understanding to create academic programs and modules on mutual interests for Israeli Diplomats and employees of governmental agencies dealing with international relations.
The agreement was signed by Ambassador Meirav Eilon Shahar, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations in Geneva and Ambassador David Fernandez Puyana, Permanent Observer of the University for Peace to the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva, in representation of its Rector, Francisco Rojas. The MoU will be renewable every three years and will build on the previous collaboration between the State of Israel and the University for Peace.
Ambassador Meirav Eilon Shahar stated that “the University of Peace has played a positive role in our region, especially since the signing of the Abraham Accords. In recent years, UPEACE and Israel have partnered on several initiatives to promote peace and strengthen the collaboration between the signatories of the Abraham Accords in the multilateral arena. Our shared values of understanding, tolerance and peaceful coexistence are the backbone of our partnership, which will be reflected in the new programs developed for Israeli officials.”
Ambassador David Fernandez Puyana underlined that “this current MoU will open new opportunities for mutual cooperation between the Israeli MFA Personnel Training Department and the University for Peace. This agreement will also allow us to provide better skills and tools for diplomats, who are the real practitioners on the ground. This agreement signed today at the United Nations is proof and reflection of our aspirations for and commitment to peace and dialogue.”