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  • 29th FAO Regional Conference for the Near East

    Cairo - Egypt - 1st to 5th March 2008
    FAO GD Jacques DIOUF & Michel P. Jazzar

    Rotary International was represented by Michel P. Jazzar, Rep at UN-ESCWA 2006-2009.

    A Rotary Statement on the 8 MGDs was distributed to all particpants: Minsiters of Agriculture, Senior Officers, UN Depts., NGOs.


    The priorities areas were guided by the past Regional Conferences and outcomes of the World Food Summit – WFS and by the Millennium Development Goals – MDGs.

    1- Promoting Sustainable Water and Natural Resources Utilization, Conservation and Management.

    2- Promoting the Formulation and Implementation of Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development Policy Reforms for Eradication of Food insecurity, Malnutrition and Rural Poverty.

    3- Strengthening capacities for trade liberalization, WTO negotiations and Regional Economic Cooperation.

    4- Assisting in Disaster Prevention, mitigation and Preparedness and in post-emergency rehabilitation and transition to sustainable food security and agricultural development.

    5- Fostering knowledge management, availability and access to information.

    Resolutions will be displayed when officially available.

  • UN secretary-general meets with Rotary leaders


    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with Rotary leaders and praised Rotarians for their commitment to polio eradication during a recent visit to Chicago. At the conclusion of the meeting, President Wilkinson presented the RI Award of Honor to the Secretary General.

    “Rotary International has led a worldwide campaign to wipe out polio. Sometime soon, their work will be done. Polio will be history, like smallpox,” Ban said in an address to the Economic Club of Chicago on 7 February.

    At a private ceremony earlier in the day, Rotary International President Wilfrid J. Wilkinson presented Ban with the Rotary International Award of Honor in recognition of his support for polio eradication and his dedication to furthering peace and cross-cultural understanding. Past recipients of this high Rotary honor include Kofi Annan, Bill Clinton, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Nelson Mandela.

    The secretary-general also met with Foundation Trustee Chair Robert S. Scott, RI General Secretary Edwin H. Futa, and RI President-elect Dong Kurn Lee. Ban and Lee, both South Koreans, are friends.

    Rotary's close ties with the UN date back to 1945 when 49 Rotarians helped draft the UN charter. Rotary continues to collaborate with the UN through the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, a partnership with the United Nation's Children’s Fund, the World Health Organization, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon received the Rotary International Award of Honor at a private ceremony in Chicago. From left to right, RI President-elect Dong Kurn Lee, UN Secretary-General Ban, RI President Wilfrid J. Wilkinson, Foundation Trustee Chair Robert S. Scott, and RI General Secretary Edwin H. Futa. ]