Rotary currently holds the highest consultative status offered to a nongovernmental organization by the UN’s Economic and Social Council, which oversees many specialized UN agencies. Rotary maintains and furthers its relationship with a number of UN bodies, programs, commissions, and agencies through its representative network . This network consists of RI representatives to the United Nations and other organizations:
- United Nations New York Headquarters
- United Nations Geneva
- United Nations Vienna
- UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE)
- Council of Europe
- International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
- African Union
- UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
- Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)
- Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA)
- Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
- World Bank
- Organization of American States (OAS)
- The commonwealth
- European Union
- League of Arab States
With over 10 000 Rotaract clubs all over the world and over 200 000 active members involved in local and global projects Rotary Youth Representatives in all the mentioned organizations are key people in an effective and productive cooperation between our networks.
We are looking forward to meet all interested youth in Model United Nations and plan forward activities and projects with all global networks available out there.
Rotary’s relationship with the United Nations dates back to 1945 when some 49 Rotary members 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.
Rotary and the United Nations have a long history of working together and sharing similar visions for a more peaceful world.
In 1942, Rotary clubs from 21 nations organized a conference in London to develop a vision for advancing education, science, and culture after World War II. That event was a precursor to UNESCO. In 1945, 49 Rotarians went to San Francisco to help draft the UN Charter. Rotary and the UN have been close partners ever since, a relationship that’s apparent through PolioPlus and work with UN agencies.
“The invitation to Rotary International to participate in the United Nations Conference as consultant to the United States delegation was not merely a gesture of good will and respect toward a great organization. It was a simple recognition of the practical part Rotary’s members have played and will continue to play in the development of understanding among nations. The representatives of Rotary were needed at San Francisco and, as you well know, they made a considerable contribution to the Charter itself, and particularly to the framing of provisions for the Economic and Social Council.