Members of the World Jewish Congress Plenary Assembly have been gathering since the mid-April for discussions on some of the key issues affecting their communities in more than 100 countries from around the world. The body, which meets every four years and brings together delegates from WJC-affiliated Jewish communities and organizations elects WJC leadership and sets policy for the years ahead.
Delegates have already met for discussions on the Iranian nuclear threat, Israel political future, and the role on young leaders within their communities. Participants also had the opportunity to interact with leading Islamic representatives from the Muslim World League during a special session to mark the occasion of Ramadan.
What’s coming next?
While internal business will be conducted in closed forums, you can anticipate that you’ll hear more from us. Upcoming sessions include:
12 May | International Council of Jewish Parliamentarians Consultation (ICJP): The Legislative Approach to Combating Antisemitism
Chaired by United States Senator Jacky Rosen, the International Council of Jewish Parliamentarians (ICJP) is the global network of Jewish legislators, government ministers, and other elected officials. The forum aims to promote dialogue and collaboration between Jewish parliamentarians; to support the principles of democracy, the cause of human rights, and the rule of law; and to combat racism, antisemitism, xenophobia, terrorism, and Holocaust denial by those means available to legislators and government ministers.
The ICJP strives for the creation of an enduring peace in the Middle East and works to protect the welfare of Jews and Jewish communities worldwide. The forum provides for the exchange of best practices and seeks to address the challenges facing Jewish communities worldwide.
13 May | Unity and Inclusion in Jewish Leadership – Pathways & Opportunities for the Future
Organized by WJC Jewish Diplomatic Corps
About the WJC Jewish Diplomatic Corps:
The WJC Jewish Diplomatic Corps is the flagship program of the World Jewish Congress (WJC), under the vision and leadership of WJC President Ronald S. Lauder. This program empowers the new generations of outstanding Jewish leaders. We are a highly selective worldwide network of over 300 members from 50 countries receiving opportunities, experience, and skills to impact Jewish interests through diplomacy and public policy.
Our objective is to represent and strengthen the Jewish communities, ensuring their strong voice in global affairs today - and for decades to come.
6 May | An Inside Look into Big Tech, Social Media & How to Fight Online Hate
An in-depth conversation on big tech and social media: what drives them, how they function, and how they see their role in fighting online hate and antisemitism
4 May | 5th WJC International Meeting of Special Envoys & Coordinators Combating Antisemitism (SECCA): International Cooperation in the Fight against Antisemitism
The SECCA forum comprises officials tasked with combating antisemitism in their constituency, with participants hailing from dozens of countries, as well as international organizations such as the European Commission, the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). SECCA first met in Bucharest in June 2019, under the patronage and with the participation of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, in cooperation with the WJC. At that meeting, the Romanian Presidency issued an official declaration affirming its commitment to contributing and supporting international initiatives directed at tackling the challenges facing Jewish communities.
On 20 October 2019, the WJC Executive Committee adopted a resolution confirming that the World Jewish Congress would regularly convene International SECCA Meetings in order to exchange views, share best practices and policies, and evaluate progress in the shared fight against antisemitism.