Newly recognized Rotary Action Group for Refugees

By Quentin Wodon, Chair of Rotary Action Group for Refugees, Forced Displacement, and Migration We are living through a refugee crisis which is only likely to get worse in the long run. The latest global report by UNHCR, the United Nations agency for refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), estimates that in 2019, 79.5 million … More Newly recognized Rotary Action Group for Refugees

Connect with Rotary’s peacebuilding ambassadors

By Rotary Peace Fellowship Alumni Association In 1921, at its 12th annual convention in Edinburgh, Scotland, Rotary vowed “to aid in the advancement of international peace” when it amended the objects, or goals, of the organization.  Nearly a century later, The Rotary Representative Network is a group of Rotarians from diverse backgrounds who represent Rotary … More Connect with Rotary’s peacebuilding ambassadors

Building international bridges during a pandemic

By Natalia Kunzer, Open World Program Officer at Rotary International   The Open World Program has adapted and built a solid record of virtual programming events for Open World delegates of 2020 and Open World Alumni in light of these uneasy times. The pandemic has shut opportunities for travel and all in-person Open World programs have been suspended since March 2020. While virtual meetings do not replace in-person ones, they offer vital opportunities during these unchartered times.   … More Building international bridges during a pandemic

Imagine…everyone living life in peace

By Natalia Sineaeva-Pankowska, Rotary Peace Fellow at Chulalongkorn University, Europe Coordinator of the Rotary Peace Fellowship Alumni Association, and member of NEVER AGAIN Association From Poland, Sweden, France, and Spain to Burundi, Kenya and South Sudan, from the Phillipines and Bangladesh to Iraq, Bolivia and Mexico, from Ukraine to Cyprus and the UK – the … More Imagine…everyone living life in peace

What will the world look like after the pandemic?

By Ana Cutter Patel, Rotary Peace Fellow at Chulalongkorn University (2016) On 27 June, Rotary Peace Fellows (RPFs) will convene for a 24-hour global cyber conference Envisioning the World After the Great Pause. The event will feature the perspectives of Rotary Peace Fellows and their colleagues that are leading the efforts to respond to the … More What will the world look like after the pandemic?

Together for Peace

By Reem Ghunaim, Rotary Peace Fellow, member of the Rotary Club of Portland, USA, Host of Together for Peace and Executive Director of the Rotary Action Group for Peace (RAGFP) Now more than ever, humanitarian response is essential to combat COVID-19. In response to the global quarantine, the Together for Peace series was born as … More Together for Peace

Facilitating peace in local communities

By Maiden Manzanal-Frank, Rotary Peace Fellow In 2015, I completed my Rotary Peace Fellowship in peace and conflict resolution at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. Peace and conflict resolution provided another layer of perspective I needed to be more adaptive and effective in my work with communities and organizations. After my Rotary Peace Fellowship, I moved … More Facilitating peace in local communities

Goosebumps in India

By Carol Metzker, member of the Rotary Club of One World D5240 and member of the Rotarian Action Group Against Slavery The temperature in rural India was 90 degrees Fahrenheit, but I had goosebumps. Villagers and my fellow team members made music and danced in the shade. Village men gave speeches. A woman in a … More Goosebumps in India