AJC to Meet with World Leaders at UN General Assembly Opening

AJC to Meet with World Leaders at UN General Assembly Opening

September 18, 2013 – New York – AJC is set to engage in more than 70 private meetings with the leaders of countries from every continent attending the opening of the UN General Assembly.

“The UN opening in September is a unique opportunity to have timely conversations with presidents, prime ministers, and foreign ministers about pressing issues of mutual concern,” said AJC Executive Director David Harris. “It is also about the longer term process of relationship-building, which is an integral component of AJC’s approach.”

“These meetings are a core element of our year-round global advocacy, and the opening of the UN General Assembly session is a highlight in our diplomatic activity because so many leaders are in New York in a compressed period of time,” Harris added.

On the AJC agenda for diplomatic meetings this year are: the continuing threat of Iran achieving nuclear-weapons capability; the recently resumed Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations; the Syrian conflict and other key developments in the Arab world; and rising anti-Semitism.

The annual AJC “diplomatic marathon” has been a hallmark of AJC’s global advocacy since 1990, when AJC launched the program, a first in the Jewish community.