Rotary International President-elect, Jennifer Jones, took the stage at the Global Citizen Live concert in Paris in September, and pledged $97 million in grant funding from the organisation next year for sustainable, Rotary club-led projects.
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Global Citizen Live was a 24-hour broadcast with events and performances across six continents.
It was aimed to unite people to take action to defend the planet, end the COVID-19 pandemic, defeat poverty, provide education for all children, and promote equity and justice for all.
Today Rotary is committed to helping end poverty globally and protecting the planet by pledging $97 million in grant funding during 2022 for sustainable, member-led projects.”
In Paris, where Jennifer pledged Rotary’s support, thousands of people gathered at the iconic Champ de Mars near the Eiffel Tower to see performances from the likes of Elton John, Ed Sheeran and Black Eyed Peas.
Other leaders pledging support included the European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, French President Emmanuel Macron, and Paris Mayor, Anne Hidalgo.
Speaking from the main stage in the French capital, Jennifer said: “Every day millions of girls walk miles to fetch clean water, and millions of boys are on the streets instead of going to school.
“Every day moms and dads struggle to find ways to feed their children.
“And every day, members of Rotary and Global Citizen start our days knowing that we can make a difference.
“This year we’re putting a special focus on empowering girls worldwide, opening doors for young women to build brighter futures.
“Today Rotary is committed to helping end poverty globally and protecting the planet by pledging $97 million in grant funding during 2022 for sustainable, member-led projects.”
She added: “We stand together with Global Citizen as people of purpose, people of action.
“Rotary has worked with Global Citizen for a more than decade, primarily regarding the effort to eradicate polio worldwide.”
At the 2012 Global Citizen event in New York City, Rotary General Secretary John Hewko and celebrity ambassador Archie Panjabi announced Rotary’s $75 million commitment to polio eradication.
Rotary and Global Citizen have also connected at Rotary International Conventions, the Commonwealth Heads of Governments Meetings, polio advocacy events, and polio funding announcements.