Israel has been accepted to the board of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and as of July 12, 2020, will begin serving a three-year term in the organization.

The board has 49 member states out of the 149 member states of the UN.

In addition, in January 2021, the Israeli ambassador to the UN organizations in Rome, Yael Rubinstein, will be appointed the head of the European group in the organization for a period of about six months.

Israel's entry into the board is indicative of the Israeli desire to play a significant role in the multilateral arena, promoting issues related to development and sustainability.

The Foreign Ministry said that through its presence in the board, Israel can actively contribute to promoting cooperation in various fields. "Israel has unique knowledge and experience in the field of food and agriculture and is happy to share it with other countries and organizations."

Foreign Ministry Director-General Alon Ushpiz said, "I welcome Israel's joining the board of directors of this important organization. During its membership on the board, Israel will be able to influence the organization's decisions on issues that are at the forefront of the agendas of many countries and contribute to its proven capabilities in areas such as food safety, agriculture and consumer protection, aquaculture, land and water resources management and more, while achieving UN goals for 2030.”

"There is no better goal for diplomacy than actively contributing to improving the living conditions of people all over the world," added Ushpiz.