By Sharon Udasin
Environmental volunteer believes PM's appearance at UN Conference on Sustainable Development is pivotal for Israel.
In the eyes of 26-year-old Felipe Burman, an appearance by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu at the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development next week would be pivotal for Israel’s image.
So instrumental, according to Burman, that the young Brazilian volunteer in Israel created a YouTube video appeal that he hopes will reach the prime minister’s desktop before the summit occurs.
Rio+20, whose preliminary events began on Wednesday, will culminate in a three-day, high-level summit from June 20 through 22, in Rio di Janeiro.
The conference will mark two decades since the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development, also in Rio de Janeiro, as well as the 10th anniversary of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg. About 50,000 people and 130 state heads are expected to attend the event, including a 60-member delegation from Israel led by Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan.
“We believe that because we face a lot of uncertainties in our country, a lot of people don’t understand Israeli actions, and just relate Israel to conflict,” Burman told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday. “We are looking for Netanyahu to attend Rio+20.”
Burman, the owner of Romandel – a green advertising agency in Brazil – has been a volunteer since September in Masa’s Israel Government Fellows program
, where he was assigned to work in the international relations division of the Environmental Protection Ministry. The majority of the other young people from all over the world in the two-and-a-half- minute video are also Israel Government Fellows.