Two students represented Israel in New York at the United Nations Global Youth Leadership Summit. Hadar Diskin, a student of medicine and Amir Hern, a student of law were selected by the Foreign Ministry to represent the State of Israel at this international youth summit.
The UN invited two youths from every nation that is a member of the UN with the aim of achieving its theme, “accelerating the achievements of the millennium development goals through sport and culture.” In addition, there were different panels on the following subjects: reducing poverty, curbing disease, AIDS, infant mortality rate and others.
The Foreign Ministry said that Israel’s participation in the project was of utmost importance and to transmit the message that Israel is a member of the international community and not only a country filled with conflict. Israel's participation in the summit was seen as an important reflection of its involvement in seeking solutions to the problems of the world community. During the conference, the Israeli students befriended members of Arab nations including Syria and Lebanon. Only representatives from Iran were absent from the Israeli presentation.
The opening ceremony of the conference was organized by UN Secretary–General Kofi Annan. The two Israeli representatives sat at the table of the Israeli delegation. One of them sat in the chair of Israeli Ambassador to the UN, Danny Gillerman.