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.
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.
Meet our speakers
Rotary International president
Deputy General Secretary - Rotary International
People of Action: Young Innovators
Meet our Honorees
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Club: Rotaract Club of Wien-Stadpark, Rotary Club of Wien-Oper, Vienna, Austria
Rotary E-Club Sogamoso, Colombia
Rotary Club of Calgary Fish Creek, Canada
Rotaract Club of Nakivale, Uganda
Rotary Club of Kilifi, Kenya
Melbourne City Rotaract Club, Australia
Don’t miss the incredible Panels & Workshops during the RotaryUNDay
Delegates register and clear security
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.
UN and Rotary leaders welcome guests to Nairobi, comment on our long-standing history of cooperation, and introduce the topic of Youth Innovation.
There will be a 15 minutes break to grab coffee and Visiting of the Innovation Fair.
There will be at least 3 Workshops and more information will be announced before breaking out to the various rooms.
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.
The Closing Plenary will be done at the close of the hour 4:00 PM EAT.
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Meet our Organising Committee Members
Rotary International Representative to the African Union and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
Rotary Representative to UN HABITAT
Rotary Representative to the UN Environment
- United Nations, Nairobi, Kenya
- 8:00 - 16:00