Miriam Cohen-Navot, Director of the Engelberg Center for Children and Youth, represented Israel at the United Nations' Commission on Population and Development's 45th Session, in April.
The session was dedicated to Adolescents and Youth, and studied a wide range of topics regarding the well-being, health, education, and preparation for employment of young people around the world.
This important gathering received unprecedented attention and attendance this year, including some 500 representatives from civil society organizations. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the gathering a "one-in-a-generation chance to advance progress on the Millennium Development Goals," referring to the eight international development goals that all 193 United Nations member states and at least 23 international organizations have agreed to achieve by the year 2015.
Cohen-Navot attended as the professional expert of the Israeli UN delegation, at the request of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She presented twice before the full gathering, first sharing Israel's innovative experiences in developing programs for children and youth at risk and second discussing efforts to expand educational and employment opportunities for disadvantaged youth.
The Institute's work with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the UN is sponsored by the Marshall Weinberg Fund for Professional Collaboration and Development.