Rotary Day at the UN

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Rotarians and Students Invited to Rotary Day at the United Nations

Every year more than 1,000 Rotary members, UN officials, Rotary youth program participants and guests are invited to a special program to spend Rotary Day at the United Nations. This amounts to 70+ years of partnership between Rotary and the UN.

It is a remarkable program designed to educate and inspire all participants and provide insight into the relationship between Rotary International and the United Nations. The program provides an opportunity for participants to visit the United Nations Headquarters in New York City and participate in panel discussions featuring leaders and officials from Rotary International, the United Nations and its affiliated Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs).

Rotary Day at the United Nations also included a youth session open to high school students interested in humanitarian service and involved with Rotary youth programs. These students had the opportunity to learn about some projects that many Rotary student service clubs called Interact Clubs are working on, get an overview of the United Nations and much more. Several members and students from Rotary Clubs and Rotary sponsored programs from the area participated in Rotary Day at the United Nations.

High school student Juliana Walsh from Acton, MA who attends Parker School in Devens, MA said,

“I was lucky enough to be able to attend Rotary’s Day at the Untied Nations with my local Acton- Boxborough Rotary Club, which was an inspirational experience. I attended with students from the Acton Boxborough Interact Club and exchange students from the area. In the youth program we learned about hard hitting and important topics like eradicating polio and women’s rights. We also heard about what Unicef was doing to better the world. I really enjoyed this experience because it was not only an opportunity to be inspired by the world, but also to learn how I could benefit it. This experience let me meet a wide variety of people and learn more about the world. “