• 06-MAR-2013

  • SOURCE: Rotary International

Rotary brings the world to Lisbon

Lisbon (23 February 2013) – The "oldest city in Western Europe" will host Rotary's annual international convention featuring the theme "Lisbon - A Harbor for Peace" on 23-26 June, attracting more than 20,000 member registrants from over 150 countries.

Often described as a "mini-United Nations" because of its global scope and cultural diversity, the always-colorful Rotary International convention is expected to inject around EUR 80 million into the local economy. The area around Pavilhão Atlântico and Feira Internacional de Lisboa will be transformed into a kaleidoscope of energy, color and excitement as Rotary members participate in a broad agenda of plenary sessions, workshops and other activities.

Each year, Rotary strives to make the convention relevant to its host city. The theme "Lisbon – A Harbor for peace" focuses on the significance and history of the Lisbon harbor. "In Rotary's 108 years of humanitarian service, Portugal will host a Rotary Convention for the first time. This will be the biggest convention ever held in Portugal where Rotary members from all over the world will join to embrace the Portuguese universal spirit of understanding and goodwill," said Luis Miguel Duarte, chair of Rotary's Host Organizing Committee. The annual convention will feature success stories, idea exchanges and ways to promote peace through volunteer service.

Rotary's top priority goal is the global eradication of polio, a crippling and potentially fatal disease that still threatens children in Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Europe was declared polio free in June 2002, but remains at risk as long as the disease has not been eradicated worldwide.

Rotary launched its polio eradication program in 1985, and in 1988 helped launch the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Rotary club members in Portugal contributed more than USD $773,670. and countless volunteer hours to the effort between 1985 and 2012. The Portuguese government supported the cause with USD 1 million during the same period of time.

Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service and help to build goodwill and peace in the world. Rotary's global membership is approximately 1.2 million men and women who belong to more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. For images and broadcast quality video visit Rotary's Media Center.


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