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Samedi 4 mai 2024


The next Rotary International Conference at UNESCO (ROTARY DAY AT UNESCO) will take place on Saturday, May 4, 2024 at the UNESCO House in Paris.

Gordon McInally Official Photo-1The event, presided by Gordon R. McInally, President of Rotary International for 2023-2024, will explore the theme: : "Education, Culture, Planet: How do Rotary and UNESCO contribute to Peace?"

This conference will once again symbolize the close collaboration between Rotary and UNESCO, a solid partnership since 1945.

Gordon R. McInally, along with UNESCO representatives, will share their perspectives on the importance of this commitment for humanity.

To facilitate communication, UNESCO interpreters will provide simultaneous translation in French and English.

The conference will highlight the convergence of thought and action between UNESCO and Rotary, underscoring their joint contribution to peace, education, and sustainable development. .

It will underscore their commitment to achieving goals that represent our highest ethical values: "Service Above Self" and "building peace through the moral and intellectual solidarity of mankind."

We’ll explore ways we can connect to support education, protect the environment, and promote emotional wellbeing in pursuit of a more peaceful world..

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For nearly 80 years, UNESCO has understood that governments alone cannot guarantee lasting peace. That’s why it has been at the forefront of promoting peace through education, dialogue and mutual understanding.

Like Rotary, UNESCO knows lasting peace requires connections and solidarity among people at all levels of society.

At Rotary, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.

This daylong conference, chaired by Rotary International President Gordon R. McInally, will focus on the following themes:

  • Greening Education for Peace and the Planet
  • Inclusive and equitable education
  • Technology in education
  • Education for Peace
  • Polio eradication 


Saturday, May 4, 2024 promises to be a wonderful day at UNESCO House. Your presence will make a significant contribution to this celebration of peace and international understanding.

ROTARY DAY AT UNESCO / Program and Events

Welcome and registration of participants

We welcome you between 9 and 10 am.

Please note that security and check-in may take a long time, given the number of participants. Please allow this time.  .  

Opening Session

During the opening session, we will have the pleasure of listening to the following personalities:

  • The UNESCO Director General (or her representative)​
  • Gordon R. McInally,  Rotary International President​
  • Serge Gouteyron, Past Rotary International Vice President
  • Jean-Philippe Baur, Chair, Host committee

Greenning Education for Peace and Planet

To respond to the global climate and environmental crisis, education must be transformed to prepare every learner with the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes needed to combat climate change and promote sustainable development.

Inclusive and equitable education.

Education is a fundamental human right that has the power to transform our societies and is the cornerstone of peace and sustainable development. In partnership with local stakeholders, our members support projects that strengthen basic education and teachers’ professional development. To respond to the global climate and environmental crisis, education must be transformed to equip every learner with the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes needed to combat climate change and promote sustainable development.

Technology in education

Education technology has increased opportunities for teaching and learning for students across the globe. During the COVID-19 pandemic, many countries pivoted to technology tools to continue learning. Despite the proliferation of different technologies, there’s growing debate over how and what technology tools can support teachers and improve learning outcomes for all students.

Education for Peace

UNESCO was founded in 1945 to build peace through international cooperation following two devastating wars in less than a generation. Scarred nations believed that economic and political agreements alone could not bring lasting peace and that lasting peace had to be based on the spiritual and moral solidarity of humanity. 

Positive Peace Activator

The Rotary Positive Peace Activator Program provides selected individuals the opportunity to gain concrete knowledge & resources to foster peace and access to a global network of likeminded peacebuilders.
Serving as a Rotary Positive Peace Activator is a unique opportunity to be part of a larger movement to help build peace at local, community levels, working in partnership with Rotary members, Rotary International, and the Institute for Economics & Peace

Polio eradication

Polio eradication is one of Rotary's oldest and most important efforts. With our partners, we have immunized more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries. We've reduced the number of polio cases worldwide by 99.9 percent, and we won't stop until polio is eradicated. During the conference, the Polio Eradication Champion Award will be presented to H.E. Emmanuel Macron, President of the Republic of France. The award recognizes world leaders who have made significant contributions toward the goal of polio eradication. It is aimed at heads of state and government, as well as senior health and development officials.

Closing session

After these reflections and debates, everyone will be able to go back to their clubs, full of inspiration to change the world of tomorrow!

Dinner and Show Evening

Participation in the Friday evening dinner-show at the Bel Canto musical restaurant in Neuilly, on May 3 at 7pm. A memorable evening of lyrical waiters and fine dining.


BEL CANTO Neuilly (Porte Maillot)
6 Rue du Commandant Pilot
92200 Neuilly-sur-Seine


Choose your participation package


  • Conference
  • Lunch bag


  • Conference
  • Lunch bag
  • Dinner and show at the "Bel Canto" in Neuilly - Friday, May 3.


  • Dinner and show at the "Bel Canto" in Neuilly - Friday, May 3 - 7:30 p.m.
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Rotary and UNESCO

Rotary International and the United Nations share a long-standing partnership dedicated to fostering peace and addressing humanitarian issues globally. 

Since World War II, Rotary has played a pivotal role in the formation and development of the UN, promoting peace and international understanding. 

Today, Rotary enjoys the highest consultative status with the UN's Economic and Social Council, allowing it to collaborate closely with various UN agencies. 

Through the Rotary Representative Network, Rotary members serve as liaisons to these bodies, furthering their joint mission of peace and development


Rotary Day at the United Nations celebrates our shared vision for peace and highlights the critical humanitarian activities that Rotary and the UN lead around the world.

This year, the Rotary Day will be held at UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization on Saturday 4 May 2024 in Paris, France.

Rotary International and UNESCO share a historic and fruitful relationship, founded on shared values and goals for peace and sustainable development.


Since 1948, Rotary has been an official partner of UNESCO and was actively involved in the preparatory conferences that led to the organization's creation. 

Together, they champion education for all, the protection of cultural diversity, and dialogue as a means of tolerance and mutual respect.

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Partners / They support us


Rotary Fellowship for Francophonie:
The aim of the Rotary Fellowship for Francophonie is to stimulate and cultivate relations between all French-speaking Rotarians throughout the world.

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Rotary Inter-Country Committees: They bring together Rotarians, spouses of Rotarians and Rotaractors with a particular interest in relations between two countries..