If you’ve ever been curious about getting a first-hand look at the true international scope of Rotary, you have two chances each year to do so. One, of course, is the annual international convention, which this year will be held in Atlanta. But, if you can’t commit to that amount of time, here’s an excellent opportunity just a short drive away.
“Rotary Day at the United Nations” now is taking reservations for the annual event, this year scheduled Saturday, November 12, at the UN’s New York City headquarters. Note: Only 241 tickets remain as of this writing. Here’s the link to sign up.
The longstanding event marks Rotary’s role as one of the NGOs (non-governmental organizations) that helped create the UN. On this special day, 1,500 Rotarians, Rotary Youths, and guests from around the world assemble for a variety of fascinating panel discussions featuring leaders and officials from the RI, the UN and its affiliated Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs).
Lunch, included in the registration fee, will be servedin the main United Nations Cafeteria overlooking the East River. The registration fee is $65, which is paid for by your club. If you’d like to get a personal comment on a UN day experience, check with Bill Dowd or Jim Butterworth who attended two years ago.
Here’s a little more information about the RI-UN partnership, provided by RI:
Rotary’s relationship with the United Nations dates to 1945 when some 49 Rotary members acted as delegates, advisors and consultants at the United Nations Charter Conference. Today, Rotary holds the highest consultative status possible with the United Nations as a non-governmental organization (NGO).
Rotary and the United Nations have a long history of working together and share similar visions for a more peaceful world.
In 1945, nearly 50 of the 800 delegates representing their governments at the San Francisco Conference to draft the UN Charter also were members of Rotary. The role of Rotary clubs in promoting understanding among nations, providing a platform for dialogue, and creating positive change in communities around the world provided valuable support for the newly-established United Nations.
Rotary and the United Nations have since built a strong and productive partnership. In 1985, Rotary launched its PolioPlus program, the first initiative to tackle global polio eradication through the mass vaccination of children. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative, formed in 1988, is a public-private partnership that includes the World Health Organization and UNICEF, along with other key agencies.
Rotary holds the highest NGO consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, which oversees many of the UN’s specialized agencies. Rotary maintains ties with the United Nations and other organizations through its network of 31 representatives in 15 capital cities around the world. Rotary representatives, including two youth representatives, serve as unofficial ambassadors, meeting with colleagues to share information and opportunities for collaboration.
Rotary’s representative network is active at the UN offices in New York; Geneva, Switzerland, and Vienna, Austria, and the Economic Commissions for Africa, Asia, Western Asia, Europe and Latin America. Rotary also has representatives at UNESCO, UN-HABITAT, the UN Environmental Program, the Food and Agricultural Organization, World Food Programme, UNICEF, World Health Organization and World Bank.