By Rotarian Action Group for Peace, January 25, 2018
Rotarian Action Group for Peace (RAGFP) launched our Peacebuilder Clubs Program at the RI Convention 2018 in Toronto, Canada. Rotary Peacebuilder Clubs were pioneered eight years ago by former RAGFP Board Member and Past District Governor 5100 Mike Caruso as a way of building support for the six Rotary Peace Centers around the world. RAGFP supported this effort and District 5100 registered about 21 Peacebuilder Clubs in Oregon and Washington. Last year, our RAGFP Leadership Team determined to champion this program in Rotary clubs worldwide as an essential call to action for Rotarian peacebuilders. Peacebuilder Clubs are now a 21st-century movement in Rotarian peacebuilding.
January 23, 2018, Published in Unemg.org
Watch a livestream of the United Nations Environment Management Group’s Nexus Dialogue on Environment, Peace, and Security taking place on January 24, 2019, from 13.00 – 17.30 (Geneva time) organized in collaboration with and hosted by the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Maison de la Paix, Petal 4, Geneva. We are honored to welcome UN Assistant Secretary-General, UNEP Head of New York Office and Director of the EMG Secretariat at the high-level session of the Dialogue. The Nexus Dialogue aims to contribute to a common understanding of ways in which the interplay between environment, peace and security can accelerate the achievement of SDG 16. The dialogue will help connect the dots to allow policymakers, international organizations and governments to promote effective cross-sectoral action.
January 21, 2019, Published in TheKingCenter.org
During the less than 13 years of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s leadership of the modern American Civil Rights Movement, from December, 1955 until April 4, 1968, African Americans achieved more genuine progress toward racial equality in America than the previous 350 years had produced. Dr. King is widely regarded as America’s pre-eminent advocate of nonviolence and one of the greatest nonviolent leaders in world history.
Story and photos by Levi Vonk, January 3, 2019, Published in Rotary International
In 2015, shortly after finishing his studies as a Rotary Foundation global grant scholar, Levi Vonk went to Mexico to work with migrants. He has written about what he saw, and about the experiences of migrants themselves, for Rolling Stone, The Atlantic, and National Public Radio. For Rotary Foundation Month, we asked him to describe what he has done and learned. Vonk studied at the University of Sussex, England, sponsored by the Rotary clubs of Shoreham & Southwick, England, and Charleston Breakfast, S.C. His master’s degree in the anthropology of development and social transformation led to his becoming a 2014-15 Fulbright fellow to Mexico. He is now a doctoral candidate in medical anthropology at the University of California at Berkeley.
By Frank Bures, Published in Rotary International
When Rajendra Saboo finished his term as president of Rotary International in 1992, he started thinking about how he could continue to help people. And by 1998, after serving as Rotary Foundation trustee chair, he knew he wanted to do something hands-on. “When I was Rotary president, my theme was Look Beyond Yourself,” says Saboo, a member of the Rotary Club of Chandigarh, India. “I was thinking about service beyond borders. So I thought, ‘Is there anything that India can give?’ I realized that medical science in India is fairly advanced, and there are doctors — Rotarian doctors — who could give something to Africa, where the medical needs are tremendous.”
January 10, 2019, Published in MediatorsBeyondBorders.org
As we continue to witness the ripple effect of the impact of our work, we invite you to welcome another year of peacebuilding by joining us in a conversation on “Resisting Oppression Through Nonviolence” by Mel Duncan, Nadine Bloch, and Daryn Cambridge on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at 2 PM Eastern Time.