Bill Gates, left, meets with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on the sidelines of COP26

Israel to work with Gates Foundation on climate innovation

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates praises Israel for its spirit of innovation, says his foundation looking to partner with Israel on research and development in the areas of climate mitigation and adaptation

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Published: 11.02.21, 20:37
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett met with Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates Tuesday on the sidelines of the COP26 UN climate conference in Glasgow, with the two deciding to establish a joint working group on climate innovation.
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  • The joint venture between Israel and the Gates Foundation was announced by Energy Minister Karine Elharrar, who accompanied Bennett to COP26, despite not being able to enter the venue on Monday due to lack of accessibility for wheelchair users.
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    Bill Gates, left, meets with Israel's Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on the sidelines of the COP26 UN climate conference in Glasgow
    Bill Gates, left, meets with Israel's Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on the sidelines of the COP26 UN climate conference in Glasgow
    Bill Gates, left, meets with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on the sidelines of COP26
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    "Israel can be a very strong power in the climate change fight and I think the joint venture will be really great news for that," the energy minister said.
    Bennett discussed the importance of mobilizing the country's high-tech sector and business community in solving the environmental challenge.
    "Israel is known as the 'Startup Nation' and I think it's time that we pivot and channel our national energy, which is the energy of the people and the brainpower, to fighting climate change," Bennett said at the meeting.
    Gates praised Israel for its spirit of innovation, noting the talent in the digital realm and asking how it can be "unleashed" in the areas of climate mitigation and adaptation.
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    נפתלי בנט וקארין אלהרר בפגישה עם ביל גייטס בוועידת האקלים
    נפתלי בנט וקארין אלהרר בפגישה עם ביל גייטס בוועידת האקלים
    Bill Gates, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Energy Minister Karine Elharrar at the COP26 summit
    (Photo: GPO)
    The tech entrepreneur said that his foundation is looking for ways to partner with Israel on research and development.
    "My big belief is that we can solve climate change if we accelerate innovation," Gates said.

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