Building Peace in the Middle East through water, sanitation, and hygiene

By Rotary Service Staff Last month, Rotary District 2452 had the honor of hosting the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Presidential Peacebuilding Conference in Beirut, Lebanon. For generations, access to water, one of the world’s most valuable commodities, has united and divided communities around the globe. The conference examined access to water, sanitation, and programs supporting … More Building Peace in the Middle East through water, sanitation, and hygiene

Promoting peace alongside Palestinian community leaders

By the Rotarian Action Group for Peace In January, the Rotarian Action Group for Peace’s (RAGFP) Executive Director, Reem Ghunaim, journeyed from the RAGFP headquarters in Portland, Oregon, to conduct a peace tour in her home country of Palestine. Reem is a Rotary Peace Fellow from the Duke-UNC Peace Center in North Carolina, USA. As … More Promoting peace alongside Palestinian community leaders

Building Peace through Environmental Sustainability in Vancouver

By Rotary Service Staff We’re bringing you a sneak peek inside the Environmental Sustainability Peacebuilding Conference, hosted in Vancouver, Canada on 10 February, 2018 . There’s still time to register for the remaining Presidential Peacebuilding Conferences: 24 February – Disease Prevention and Treatment and Peace, Coventry, England, United Kingdom 17 March – Economic and Community Development and … More Building Peace through Environmental Sustainability in Vancouver

4 ways to build peace through Rotary

By Rotary Service and Engagement Staff According to UNHCR, 65.6 million people are currently displaced by conflict, violence, or persecution. Rotary members refuse to accept conflict as a way of life and are committed to pursuing projects that address the structural causes of conflict, including poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and … More 4 ways to build peace through Rotary

Peace is possible

By Past TRF Trustee Carolyn E. Jones, Chair of the Rotarian Action Group for Peace It seems there are a whole bunch of Rotary members who aren’t content in merely being just members and want to make a greater impact. These members have decided to organize, specialize and focus their efforts on one specific area … More Peace is possible

Peace Corps Volunteers changed my world view  

By District Governor-elect Abbas Rajabi, District 5450 USA Peace Corps sends U.S. volunteers, usually recent university graduates, to live and work abroad for two years. Their goal is to help host countries meet local needs and promote mutual cultural understanding. While abroad, volunteers learn the local language and work with professionals in education, health, community … More Peace Corps Volunteers changed my world view  

Embracing and celebrating our differences

By Azka Asif, Rotary Service and Engagement Staff Rotary brings together a global network of volunteers who come from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and professions. We embrace and celebrate these differences as they are what makes the Rotary community so strong. By leveraging unique perspectives and tapping into their expertise, members address the world’s most pressing … More Embracing and celebrating our differences

2017 Presidential Conference: Celebrating our Commitment to Peace

By John Germ, Rotary International President, 2016-17 Dear Friends, It is my pleasure to invite you to attend the 2017 Presidential Peace Conference on 9-10 June 2017, taking place in Atlanta immediately before the RI Convention. This special event will celebrate our work to address the underlying causes of conflict and our success in making … More 2017 Presidential Conference: Celebrating our Commitment to Peace

48 hours as a diplomat

By Kristin Brown, Rotary Service Connections Manager A few weeks ago I had the privilege of participating in a workshop and conference sponsored by the France-USA Inter-Country Committee (ICC). The event represented what ICCs do best: mentoring young people, developing leaders, fostering intercultural dialog, and promoting peace. The France-USA ICC solicited applications from graduate students … More 48 hours as a diplomat

Promoting peace between countries

By Kristin Brown, Rotary Service Connections Manager Past District Governor Anton (Toni) Polsterer is passionate about peace. His district includes Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) and part of Austria, and he’s seen firsthand the role that Inter-Country Committees (ICCs) can play in promoting peace between countries, or between different ethnic groups within the same country. He’s also seen … More Promoting peace between countries