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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to Keynote Rotary International's 100th Annual Meeting
Date:6/21/2009

BIRMINGHAM, England, June 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will speak on 21 June at the Rotary International Convention to recognize the humanitarian service organization for its leadership role in polio eradication and for its work in support of the UN Millennium Development Goals.

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Ban's remarks are scheduled for the plenary session that begins at 9:45 a.m. in the LG Arena of the National Exhibition Centre, where about 20,000 Rotary club members from more than 150 countries are convening 21-24 June. He also will receive the Polio Eradication Champion Award, the highest recognition Rotary bestows to heads of state, health agency directors and ministers, and other leaders who have made significant contributions to polio eradication

Ban's appearance at Rotary's largest annual meeting further demonstrates the close ties maintained by Rotary and the UN dating back to 1945, when Rotary members helped to draft the UN Charter.

The Secretary-General is attending the gathering to express his appreciation to Rotary International and all of its members. "I thank each Rotarian who has given time and effort to polio eradication for your tireless work -- and I ask you to continue." He will also express confidence that working together, we can eradicate polio. This accomplishment "will stand as an eternal testimony of Rotary's vision that a just world is feasible in our lifetime."

In 1988, Rotary and the United Nations Children's Fund became spearheading partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, along with the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Pr
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