15th WJC Plenary Assembly

The World Jewish Congress held its 15th Plenary Assembly in New York April 23-25, 2017. This was the first time in its 80-year history that the WJC's supreme governing body held its quadrennial assembly in the United States.  UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova, and US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley were among the keynote speakers over the course of the meeting.

US President Donald Trump also addressed the delegates in a video message on the occasion of Israel's Holocaust Remembrance Day, Yom Hashoah, in which he said: "On Yom HaShoah, we look back at the darkest chapter of human history. We mourn, we remember, we pray, and we pledge: Never again. I say it, never again. The mind cannot fathom the pain, the horror, and the loss. Six million Jews, two-thirds of the Jews in Europe, murdered by the Nazi genocide. They were murdered by an evil that words cannot describe, and that the human heart cannot bear."

The 600 delegates from 90 countries reelected WJC President Ronald S. Lauder for a third term, and vote for several members of the WJC's Executive Committee as well. The delegates also approved 10 resolutions on issues facing the Jewish people and Israel.

 

Speakers
  • SUNDAY 23 APRIL - OPENING DINNER
  • Donald Trump President of the United States Welcome Message to WJC Plenary Asembly
  • Ronald S. Lauder WJC President Opening Address
  • H.E. Antonio Guterres UN Secretary General The Modern Form of Anti-Semitism is the Denial of the Existence of the State of Israel
  • Ronald S. Lauder WJC President President's Report
  • MONDAY 24 APRIL
  • Robert Singer WJC CEO & Executive Vice President Report on WJC Activities 2013-2017
  • Irina Bokova UNESCO Director General The Role of UNESCO in countering anti-Semitism and preserving the legacy of the Holocaust
  • Moshe Kantor President, European Jewish Congress Co-Chair, WJC Policy Council We are living in an age of contradictions and extremes
  • Chrystia Freeland Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada Canada stands shoulder to shoulder with Israel
  • Menachem Rosensaft WJC General Counsel Book Launch "The World Jewish Congress, 1936-2016"
  • TUESDAY 25 APRIL
  • Reuven Rivlin President of Israel You have stood bravely for the rights of Jews all over the world
  • Yisrael Katz Minister of Transportation, Minister of Intelligence, Member of the Security Cabinet of the State of Israel Israel and Jewish Communities around the world stil face serious challenges
  • Amb. Danny Danon Permanent Representative of Israel to the UN We should promote hope, not hate
  • Amb. Nikki Haley Permanent Representative of the US to the UN A new day for Israel at the United Nations