The Forum for Cultural Diplomacy, an initiative of the European Coalition for Israel, was inaugurated in April 2014 at a Symposium in San Remo, Italy, and its first event took place in the United Nations Headquarters in New York on the 65th Anniversary of Israel’s admission to the UN. The Forum’s raison d’être is to create a platform for promoting better inclusion of Israel and the Jewish people in the community of nations.

The Jewish faith has contributed to humanity for well over 3,000 years. Its contribution to the creation of the UN and its Charter can be read on the Isaiah Wall, opposite the UN Headquarters in New York. The words of Isaiah offer hope for a better future, when swords will be turned into ploughshares and there will be world peace.  However, in order to have peace, we first need to establish a culture of forgiveness and reconciliation.

The Forum for Cultural Diplomacy is a platform where we can explore and build upon these principles, as we listen to one another and recognise the universal values of the Golden Rule (Do unto others as you would have them do unto you), and in so doing, strengthen the core purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter.

The practical expression of these very values is demonstrated in Yom Kippur and underlines the importance of the initiative to have this holiday recognised in the United Nations.

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Israel UN admission flag
Israeli flag hoisted at the United Nations Headquarters in 1949. © UN Photo (Lake Success, NY, 12 May 1949)

Isaiah Wall
Isaiah Wall across the street from the United Nations building in New York quoting prophet Isaiah chapter 2 verse 4:
They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.


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>> Gregory Lafitte speech 18 April 2016