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Rotary Day at the United Nations

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Rotary Day at the United Nations celebrates two organizations’ shared vision for peace and highlights the critical humanitarian activities that Rotary and the UN lead around the world.

The event also honors people who make a positive difference in their community, their country, or around the world. Each year, about 1,000 guests attend.

Who attends?

Rotary Day at the United Nations is open to the public. The audience includes: 

  • Rotary International president and Board of Directors, Rotary Foundation Trustees, other Rotary leaders, and Rotary club members
  • Leaders from the United Nations 
  • Experts from other nongovernmental agencies
  • Renowned humanitarians 
  • Young leaders who attend to exchange ideas, learn about the UN, and meet international leaders

Rotary Day at the UN 2018

Under this year’s theme of “Youth Innovation: Crafting Solutions to Emerging Challenges,” Rotary will honor six innovators who are under age 35.

More than 750 participants will attend the event on Saturday, 10 November, at the United Nations Information Centre in Nairobi, Kenya.

Rotary leaders, UN officials, and humanitarian experts will educate and inspire participants to find innovative strategies for addressing humanitarian challenges at local, regional, and global levels.

General and breakout sessions will address the UN Sustainable Development Goals and how to harness the technological revolution for good, as well as young people’s role in creating change. A special session on the environment will highlight the importance of environmentally sustainable development and offer concrete actions that everyone can take to ensure a clean and healthy world.

The event will feature an Innovation Fair where Rotary clubs, businesses, and other organizations will exhibit humanitarian projects and cutting-edge technology that can help address the challenges we face.

The event is open to Rotary members and guests.

 

Past events

2017: Under the theme of “Peace: Making a Difference,” Rotary honored six Rotary members or Rotary Peace Centers alumni who have done outstanding work for peace, professionally or as volunteers.

2016: Rotary honored six people and two corporate partners whose inclusive business practices bring employment, mentoring, education, and innovation to their communities.

2015: Six women were honored for their dedication and service, which have improved the lives of thousands around the world.