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Rotary and the U.N.

Rotary and the United Nations

Rotary International has a long history of advocating for peace and conflict resolution, and it has been involved with the United Nations (UN) since the latter's inception.

In the mid-1940s, after World War II, there was a widespread understanding among the world's leaders that there was a need for a new organization to replace the ineffective League of Nations and ensure global peace and security. As a result, the United Nations was created.

Rotary's involvement in the founding of the UN traces back to the 1945 San Francisco Conference, where 50 nations came together to draft the UN Charter. Rotary International was one of the 42 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) invited to serve as consultants to the United States delegation at this conference. Rotary was recognized particularly for its peacekeeping efforts and its ability to foster goodwill among nations.

During this time, nearly 50 Rotarians served as delegates, advisors, and consultants at the UN Charter Conference, helping to promote the goals of peace and understanding in the charter's development.

Ever since then, Rotary has continued to collaborate closely with the UN. The two organizations have frequently worked together on humanitarian projects around the world, and Rotary regularly participates in UN conferences and special events. In particular, Rotary has been a leader in the global fight against polio, working alongside the World Health Organization (a UN agency) in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.

Rotary has remained committed to fostering peace and understanding among nations, and its connection with the UN is an integral part of its efforts to achieve these objectives.


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