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New York, 3 November 2007 - Secretary-General's message to Rotary International Day at the United Nations [delivered by Mr. Kim Won-soo, Deputy Chef de Cabinet and Special Adviser]

Rotary International President Wilf Wilkinson, Chairman Bhichai Rattakul,

President-Elect Dong-kurn Lee, Dear Rotarians and friends,

Let me offer you a warm welcome to the United Nations. I want you to feel at home, and consider this house your house.

For more than a century, Rotarians have worked to build better lives for people around the world. In my native Korea, I have seen the remarkable work you have done in supporting my country's journey for the past 80 years. And ever since the United Nations was founded, you have been a wonderful partner to our organization.

You have worked with the UN for health, literacy and poverty eradication. You have promoted peace through your exchange programmes. You have helped people understand what the UN is, what it does, and what it can do.

And you have been our chief ally in the mission to eradicate polio worldwide. By raising funds, by volunteering your time and effort, you have helped immunize almost two billion children against polio throughout the world.

In all these ways, you have advanced the work to reach the Millennium Development Goals -- adopted by all the world's leaders as our common vision for a better world in the 21st century.

Today, you have a full and varied programme ahead of you. I know you will be participating in activities on a broad range of subjects, from health and literacy and water and hunger. I know you will give it all your energy and enthusiasm.

And I know that our partnership will continue to thrive in the years to come. With a Korean at the helm of both our respective institutions as of next year, you know you can count on us to be hard at work!

I thank every one of you for your commitment, and wish you a most productive day at the United Nations.


Statements on 3 November 2007