The Foreign Ministry's Emergency & Crisis Management Center will receive an official citation for their dedication over the years in helping Israelis in distress.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will hold a special conference on Wednesday, 27 October, to mark World Development Information Day. This day was declared by the United Nations in order to focus international attention on global development challenges in the 21st century. This is the first time a conference of this sort is being held in Israel.
Deputy Foreign Minister Daniel Ayalon will address the opening session of the conference. At a later session, staff of the Foreign Ministry's Emergency & Crisis Management Center ("Situation Room") will receive an official citation from civil aid organizations for their dedication over the years in extending help to Israelis in distress.
The event is being organized by MASHAV – Israel's Agency for International Development Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs – in cooperation with civil aid organizations in Israel. Dozens of representatives of civil society, government ministries, the business sector, academia and the media will participate.
The conference will comprise six sessions on topics relating to aid and sustainable development. The final session will examine the role of the Israeli media in the global and Israeli development assistance agenda.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs hopes that the conference will raise public awareness in Israel of the importance of development issues, and strengthen the cooperation between civil society and various government ministries in their development efforts. In addition, this day serves as a reminder of Israel's commitment to participate in international efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals adopted by the UN in 2000.
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