Rotary meets United Nations

Theme: Youth Innovation; Crafting Solutions to emerging challenges

Youth Innovation: Crafting solutions to emerging challenges

Join Rotary leaders, members, and guests in Kenya, as we recognise our longstanding special relationship with the United Nations and young leaders who are changing our world.

1000 delegates are expected to attend this year’s Rotary Day at the United Nations, Youth Innovation: Crafting Solutions to Emerging Challenges. UN officials and humanitarian experts will inspire participants to find innovative strategies for addressing humanitarian challenges both locally and globally.

General sessions and workshops will discuss the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the technological revolution, and young people’s role in creating change. A special session on the environment will highlight the importance of sustainable development and offer concrete actions that people of all generations can take to ensure a clean and healthy future.

Six volunteers under age 35 will be honoured as Rotary People of Action: Young Innovators. And for the first time, the event will feature an Innovation Fair where Rotary clubs, businesses, and other organizations will exhibit humanitarian projects and cutting-edge technology that can help address the challenges we face.

Who Attends?

1000 delegates from Nairobi, across Africa and around the world are expected to converge on the Kenyan capital for this auspicious event. The day is open to all with an interest in creating positive change in their lives, community and world.

Barry Rassin UN Day Message
Barry Rassin Honorees Message
Barry Rassin, President of Rotary International

Recognising the leadership role Nairobi plays as a center of innovation and leadership throughout Africa – particularly as young leaders are drawn to its technological hub, Nairobi plays an increasingly important role as a voice for innovation for humanitarian purposes and the environment.  As such, Barry Rassin, President of Rotary International in 2018-19 welcomes a Rotary Day at the United Nations Offices in Nairobi (UNON) and notes such an event will benefit the 2 organizations in so many ways.

About the Capital city of Kenya

Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi, is the most dynamic city, also known as the “green city in the sun” for many reasons. It is Kenya’s largest city with a population of nearly four million.

Nairobi is a city full of contrasts. It’s old enough so you can feel its past and multi-ethnic enough so you can experience Kenyan culture, yet it’s modern enough to get Internet access.

It’s a city that blends people from all cultures and walks of life. Adorned with modern skyscrapers, world class restaurants, fully equipped hospitals, modern shopping malls, schools, abundant private and public transportation, and universities and colleges that provide local and international curriculum – you will find it all in Nairobi.

The city is also home to numerous local and international businesses and organizations. Nairobi bustles with activity. It’s a city that never sleeps; the rhythm is fast, day and night. There’s always something to do and see in Nairobi and its people are friendly and hospitable.





Keynote speakers

Meet our speakers


Rotary International president

Barry Rassin earned an MBA in health and hospital administration from the University of (Click Image or Name to Read more...)

Michele Berg

Deputy General Secretary - Rotary International

Michele Berg helps lead the day-to-day operations of the Secretariat, ensuring (Click Image or Name to Read more...)

People of Action: Young Innovators

Meet our Honorees
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Albert Kafka

Club: Rotaract Club of Wien-Stadpark, Rotary Club of Wien-Oper, Vienna, Austria

Project Title: Intarconnect Mentoring and –Inter-Generational Projects Innovation: Pairing members of different generations together in a one-year mentoring relationship so they can learn from each other, share experiences..

    Charlie Ruth Castro

    Rotary E-Club Sogamoso, Colombia

    Project Title: Innovative New Beginnings Innovation: Training women prisoners vocational and business skills and empowering them to create new opportunities for themselves. Description: Using her extensive experience in digital communications...

      Christina Hassan

      Rotary Club of Calgary Fish Creek, Canada

      Project Title: Full Soul Innovation: Training midwives and supplying safe, sterile child birth equipment to hospitals in Uganda. Description: Hassan, a public health specialist with a master’s in public health, launched Full Soul to address the..

        Paul Mushaho

        Rotaract Club of Nakivale, Uganda

        Project Title: Rotaract Club of Nakivale Refugee Settlement Innovation: Organizing young people in the Nakivale Refugee Settlement into a Rotaract club which conducts various service projects improving the lives of a diverse community of...

          Shadrack (Sheddy) Nyawa

          Rotary Club of Kilifi, Kenya

          Project Title: Rotary Club of Kilifi Water and Sanitation Innovation: Traveling to hard-to-reach schools in the Ganze district of Kenya to identify those most in need of new toilets and health/hygiene education. Description: Waiting in long...

            Ludovic Grosjean

            Melbourne City Rotaract Club, Australia

            Project Title: The Ocean CleanX Innovation: Founding a cutting-edge company that is developing new technology to monitor and remove pollution from waterways. Description: Ludovic, a 29-year-old engineer with 12 years of experience in oceanography..


              Don’t miss the incredible Panels & Workshops  during the RotaryUNDay

              08:00 - 10:00
              United Nations Offices in Nairobi (UNON)

              Delegates Registration

              Delegates register and clear security

              08:00 - 16:00

              Innovation Networking Fair

              The Innovation Fair is a place where participants can meet and hear from companies and organizations that are using technology in new and unique ways to enhance their humanitarian activities.

              10:00 - 11:15
              ~1hr 15Mins
              CONFERENCE HALL

              Opening Plenary

              UN and Rotary leaders welcome guests to Nairobi, comment on our long-standing history of cooperation, and introduce the topic of Youth Innovation.

              11:15 - 11:30
              CONFERENCE HALL

              Coffee Break & Transit to the Workshops

              There will be a 15 minutes break to grab coffee and Visiting of the Innovation Fair.

              11:30 - 13:00
              UNON General Assembly & UNON Meeting Rooms

              Breakout/Workshop Sessions

              There will be at least 3 Workshops and more information will be announced before breaking out to the various rooms.

              13.30 – 14.30
              UNON Grounds

              Luncheon, Networking, Touring, Innovation Fair

              There will be a 1 hour Lunch period and a chance to either interact with the fellow delegates or walk around to view the showcased exhibitions.

              14.30 – 16.00

              Closing Plenary

              The Closing Plenary will be done at the close of the hour 4:00 PM EAT.

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              what people say

              I had the privilege to participate in Rotary UN day in UNO head quarter in 2008. I was lucky to meet all stalwarts from Rotary as well as UNO.
              Malladi Vasudev
              A wonderful partnership for almost 70 years.
              Fred H. Speno
              a great program…. Doing good in the world!
              Clover Dewar


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              Organising Committee

              Meet our Organising Committee Members

              Samson Tesfaye

              Rotary International Representative to the African Union and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

              Samson is the chartering president of Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Central-Mella of District 9212. He joined Rotary in 2002 as the chartering member of the Rotaract Club of Mella. He has served Rotary in different positons at the country level and district level.

              SALOME GITOHO

              Rotary Representative to UN HABITAT

              Dr. Salome Gitoho is a Leadership, Organizational Development and HR Consultant with several years’ experience in various capacities in the Government, public, private, international NGO, hospitality sectors, academia and consultancy. In her working career she has worked with the Government of (Click Image or Name to Read more...)

              JOE OTIN

              Rotary Representative to the UN Environment

              Joe Otin is the CEO of The Collective, an interactive ad agency with 25 years experience in advertising, media research & content production. He is the chairman of the Advertising Standards Board, the president of PAMRO (Pan African Media Research Organization), and a member of the oversight (Click Image or Name to Read more...)


              • United Nations, Nairobi, Kenya
              • 8:00 - 16:00