Israel and Canada team up at UN to tackle global health issues

One of the Israeli inventions being featured is the Respimometor, from RespiDx, for early diagnosis of pneumonia.

May 31, 2015 00:59
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Ron Prosor

Israel Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor, US envoy Samantha Power and Canadian Ambassador Guillermo Rishchynski. . (photo credit: SHAHAR AZRAN)

NEW YORK – Israeli invention and technology will take center stage at Monday’s joint event hosted by Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor and Canadian Ambassador to the UN Guillermo Rishchynski.

Representatives from dozens of countries are expected to be present as the ambassadors introduce Israeli ventures and their cutting edge solutions to global health challenges.

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The event is the first of its kind and is being held in collaboration with the Canadian Grand Challenges Foundation, whose mission is fostering innovation to solve key global health and development problems. The foundation has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in more than 700 projects in 80 countries.

Members of the foundation say they have developed a deep appreciation for Israel’s innovative technology, and Monday evening will provide an opportunity for Israeli entrepreneurs to present their newest developments in the field of global health to ambassadors from around the world.

This evening is part of Israel’s broader UN agenda to encourage entrepreneurship and development. Earlier this year the General Assembly readopted an Israeli resolution calling upon UN agencies worldwide to support development through entrepreneurship.

Israel’s Permanent Mission to the UN hosted several founders of Israeli startups at a UN event fostering youth entrepreneurship, and has promoted Israeli companies at all of the UN’s procurement fairs around the world in many fields, including cyber, peacekeeping, health and energy.

Prosor said that “Israel has demonstrated, since day one, the spirit of entrepreneurship and creativity. Israel receives great appreciation at the halls of the United Nations for its transboundary achievements.

“Despite some attempts at the UN to prevent Israel’s contribution, we are continuing to advance Israel’s values in every area that the United Nations has to offer, and are engaging in every opportunity to influence the global development agenda,” he said.

Monday’s event will be held at the home of the Canadian ambassador.

The Israeli inventions being featured are the Respimometor, from RespiDx, for early diagnosis of pneumonia; the Novel Vegetarian Infant Foods project, which aims to introduce an inexpensive, chickpea-based formula for young children; Fighting Malaria in Africa, which aims to use Attractant Targeted Sugar Bait technology to control indoor mosquitoes; the Tel Aviv-based Mobile ODT, for mobile cervical cancer screening; and the Kfar Sababased Wheelchairs of Hope, which makes light weight, affordable plastic wheelchairs for children.

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