Not just tolerated - A global leader: Lessons learned from Israel's experience in the United Nations convention to combat desertification

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Abstract

Israel's influential role in the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification since the agreement's inception is explored. Several factors can explain the country's successful diplomatic interaction. A combination of: Low international interest and competition for expertise about the issue; Israel's unique, achievements in combatting desertification as part of its agricultural and forestry activities; and Professor Uriel Safriel's extraordinary stature in the field - contribute to its exceptional involvement. The case constitutes a "proof of concept" for Israel's potential to be effectively engaged in other UN programs. This will require greater government commitment and contribution to international initiatives, along with a willingness to authorize experts and academics to represent the country in additional global frameworks.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)122-148
Number of pages27
JournalIsrael Studies
Volume25
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • History
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Sociology and Political Science

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