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Sunday, November 6, 2011
Rotary International United Nations Day
Caldwell Rotarian Christy Berg with Rotary International President-elect Sakuji Tanaka
1200 Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors, Rotary Scholars and students, representing 32 countries and 22 U.S. states, participated in Rotary International Day at The United Nations on November 5. Rotary's relationship with the United Nations dates back to 1945 when 49 Rotarians acted as delegates, advisors and consultants at the United Nations Charter Conference. Today, Rotary holds the highest consultative status possible with the United Nations as a non-governmental organization.
The day emphasized the importance of the partnership between Rotary International, The United Nations, and other NGOs. The example Rotary has set with PolioPlus was highlighted as a model that can be replicated to tackle other global issues. Panels comprised of Rotary, United Nations, UN Agency and NGO speakers discussed common priorities: health, water and sanitation, literacy, youth and disaster relief.
16-year old Amina Hussain Bhatti gave a poignant reminder of the importance and relevance of The Four Way Test as she applied it to the denial of education to girls in her native Pakistan. RI President-elect Sakuji Tanaka recognized the commonality of the diverse audience. "We all join Rotary for different reasons," he said. "We stay in Rotary because it makes us happy and lets us bring joy to others".