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July 17, 2016 10:54 am

Israeli Envoy Suggests That United Nations Adopt Knesset’s Disability Program

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Ambassador Danny Danon addressing the Security Council. Photo: Courtesy.

Ambassador Danny Danon addressing the Security Council. Photo: Courtesy.

JNS.org – Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon has suggested to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that the Israeli Knesset’s decade-old initiative to hire more people with disabilities could be implemented at U.N. Headquarters in New York.

“The United Nations should reflect the makeup of society as a whole,” Danon said. “The parliament of nations should be accessible to everyone. We should give every citizen of the world an equal opportunity to contribute to the organization’s goals, making us [the U.N.] an exemplary model for morals and values.”

The Israeli legislature’s program has been run with the help of Israel Elwyn and SHEKEL, two organizations that cater to people with special needs.

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According to Danon, Israel’s U.N. mission believes that this issue should be front and center. At a recent U.N. event that showcased Israeli society’s progress on disability inclusion, Israeli experts described what they called a disability-focused ecosystem that harnesses technological innovations to integrate people with disabilities. The Israeli U.N. mission’s event was a collaboration with the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology and Beit Issie Shapiro, a well-known organization that helps people with disabilities in Israel.

“When it comes to the integration of disabled people in the workforce, the past few years have seen a revolution,” Danon said. “Replicating this successful project will help the U.N. and showcase Israel’s positive image.”

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