More than 850 participants, coming from 40 countries, gathered in the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on the 24th of March 2018 to attend the Rotary Day at UNESCO Conference on the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

United Nations and Sustainable Development Rotary and UNESCO Making a Differencewas the theme of this conference which was attended by 2017-18 Rotary International President Ian Riseley, the European RI Directors, Mikael Ahlberg, Gérard Allonneau and Corneliu Dinca, the Dean of the Rotary Representatives to International Organizations, Ed Futa, and UNESCO’s leaders and experts.

You can find on this website some of the presentation and speeches which was given during the conference.


Ian H.S. Risley, President of Rotary International 2017/18, is a member of the Rotary Club of Sandringham, Victoria, Australia.

He is a chartered accountant and principal of Ian Riseley and Co., a firm he established in 1976.

Prior to starting his own firm, he worked in the audit and management consulting divisions of large accounting firms and corporations. His firm specializes in income tax and management advice for individuals and small businesses. He has a master’s degree in taxation law and graduate diplomas in accounting and income tax.


UNESCO and Sustainable Development Goals

Heads of State, Government leaders, UN High Level Representatives and civil society  met in September 2015, at the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, and adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

These represent a universal, ambitious, sustainable development agenda, an agenda “of the people, by the people and for the people,” crafted with UNESCO’s active involvement.

UNESCO will contribute to the implementation of the SDGs through its work on Education, Natural Sciences, Social and Human Sciences, Culture, Communication and information and Sustainable Development Goals for Ocean



Rotary is dedicated to six areas of focus to build international relationships, improve lives, and create a better world to support our peace efforts:

  • Promoting peace
  • Fighting disease
  • Providing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene
  • Saving mothers and children
  • Supporting education
  • Growing local economies

A comparison of these areas of focus with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) shows a great complementarity.


About the Program

The program of this conference will focus on close relationship Rotary and UNESCO have enjoyed since 1945.

Today, investing in the world we want means contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. RI President Ian Riseley and the UNESCO Representative will share their organization’s vision for this essential commitment to humankind. The partnership between the public sector (governments, institutions) and the private sector (civil society) will be emphasized because it is the most efficient way to fund and manage operations, as the polio initiative can testify (WHO, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, Rotary, and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation). Moreover, ideas and proposals will be included in a statement which will be prepared and presented by Rotaractors.