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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.

With the theme Connecting for Good, this year’s event will focus on community-based solutions to the global refugee crisis. We’ll also honor six members of the Rotary family as Rotary People of Action: Connectors Beyond Borders and see how their inspiring work has addressed the crisis.

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

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Past events

2019: Five Rotary members and a Rotary Peace Fellow were honored as People of Action: Connectors Beyond Borders for their community-based solutions to the refugee crisis.

2018: Nearly a thousand Rotary leaders, members, and guests from around the world met in Nairobi, Kenya, to honor six Rotaract and Rotary members age 35 or under as Rotary People of Action: Young Innovators.

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.

UN Photo/Milton Grant