During his Rotary year, Rotary International President, Mark Maloney, is holding a series of presidential conferences in New York, Paris, Rome, Santiago de Chile and Honolulu to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the creation of the United Nations.
These five conferences will serve as an opportunity to highlight the convergence of thought and action of the United Nations and Rotary, and to remind everyone of their contribution to the service of peace and development.
Paris will be hosting its conference at the headquarters of UNESCO Paris on Saturday, March 28th with the theme: ‘Connecting for Peace’.
The conference is open to all Rotarians, Rotaractors and their families, along with non-Rotarians, where there will be simultaneous English/French translation by UNESCO interpreters
Since 1921 and the Edinburgh Convention, Rotarians have been contributing to the “establishment of peace” in the world.
And Rotarians played their part between the First and Second World Wars in the European advocacy for peace.
They supported the creation of UNESCO at the conferences of Ministers of Education of the Free World in London between 1942 and 1945 to “construct in the minds of men the defences of peace through education, science and culture”.
Rotarians were present in San Francisco in 1945 when delegates from 50 countries drafted the United Nations Charter to “preserve future generations from the scourge of war”. You can find out more about Rotary’s impact on the formation of the United Nations here.
Today, Rotary’s contribution to building peace, civil peace, positive peace is just as important.
- Whether through the many youth leadership programs (Rotaract interact – Exchange Student – RYLA) – through Rotary Peace centers – through international relations (friendly exchanges and inter-country committees) or through its presence in international institutions.
- Or by the impact of Rotary’s strategic priorities – at the heart of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), to transform the world and ensure the dignity of all, protect the planet and promote peaceful societies.
- But also by the humanist and ethical values that Rotary upholds
Rotary International President, Mark Maloney, said: “Rotary was there at the beginning of the United Nations. We were there when the world pulled itself from the brink of destruction and rebuilt.
“Together, we will connect Rotary to the world, through the ties we have, and the goals we share, with the United Nations.”
However, the United Nations has identified major social challenges to the sustainability of peace, such as youth unemployment, violent extremism and climate change.
These will be some of the subjects which will come under the microscope in the French capital in March for a conference which Rotary believes will help to reinforce the identity of our organisation and its public image.
The conference will highlight Rotary’s contribution to creating peace, civil peace and positive peace, and will discuss major social challenges of sustainability of peace that are youth unemployment, violent extremism and climate change.
Renown speakers, experts from UNESCO, Rotary leaders, Rotary Peace Alumni, and Rotaractors will share their experiences.
Rotary International President, Mark Maloney, is inviting clubs, districts, and The Rotary Foundation to take strong initiatives for “peacebuilding and conflict resolution”.