Delegate: Ms. Moatti
29. Ms. Moatti (Israel), speaking as a youth delegate, said that the young people of Israel were eager to find innovative ways to make a positive impact in the world, in keeping with their country’s entrepreneurial spirit. The notions of helping others, compassion and innovation were deeply rooted in Jewish tradition and underpinned the success of Israel as a nation. Israelis had always sought to assist others, even when times were hard, as evidenced by the many Israeli students who put their studies or careers on hold to make contributions in communities around the world. For example, she had recently joined other young Israelis in Uganda, participating in a project to help rural women to gain skills and knowledge they needed to become financially independent.
30. Although Israel was best known for companies involved in billion-dollar deals, it was the country’s socially-oriented start-ups that truly embodied its spirit. It was the businesses founded on the core Israeli values of innovation and compassion that inspired the country’s youth. Young people across Israel were seeking to make Israel an “impact nation”, to use the country’s human resources and capacity for innovation that would accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, because entrepreneurship should create opportunities for all to thrive, regardless of race, religion, gender or nationality.
UN Doc.: A/C.3/74/SR.3