With the title United Nations and Sustainable Development, Rotary and UNESCO Making a Difference, our event will focus on the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development provide Rotary International with a great opportunity to promote its identity and image.

If Rotary service can contribute to a better world through its vision, values, and actions, we must constantly strive to answer the world’s needs as Paul Harris and its friends set out to do when they founded Rotary.

An opportunity to celebrate the 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.

Because these goals are also ours:

  • Protecting the planet
    • its natural resources – a safe environment – dealing with the consequences of climate change
  • Ensuring a dignified life
    • with economic and community development – health for all – fighting poverty
  • Building a peaceful society
    • through education –  a dialogue between cultures – equality between men and women –  peace and meeting youth’s expectations.

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.

Simultaneous interpretation in French and English will be provided by UNESCO’s services and for lunch UNESCO’s restaurant, with a magnificent view of the Eiffel Tower, will be able to accommodate 220 participants.