The role of the United Nations in combating antisemitism

NEW YORK - On Tuesday, November 17, 2020, at 10 a.m. EST/16:00 CET, the World Jewish Congress will hold a high-level online event featuring a panel of distinguished speakers on the role of the United Nations in combating antisemitism as a side event to the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. Antisemitism poses a threat to democratic values, peace and stability, and the World Jewish Congress has long worked with the United Nations to ensure the fight against antisemitism is a priority of the UN’s human rights agenda. 

The full slate of distinguished speakers is below. 

On November 9, the World Jewish Congress honored UN Secretary-General António Guterres with its highest honor, the WJC Theodor Herzl Award. In his remarks, Guterres said, “For me, the fight against antisemitism is deeply personal. I came of age in modern Europe as it was recovering from the war. Opposition to the tyranny of fascism was central in the development of my social and political consciousness. To see neo-Nazis and white supremacists on the march today is bone-chilling.” In a keynote speech at the WJC Plenary Assembly in April 2017, Guterres pledged to “be on the front lines in the fight against antisemitism.” 

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