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WHO receives Rotary Award of Honor toward healthier peaceful world

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has received Rotary Award of Honor from the Rotary International to celebrate 75 years of cooperation and a shared history of working together toward a healthier and more peaceful world.

Rotary International disclosed this on its official social platform on Thursday while thanking the WHO Director General, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus for receiving the award on behalf of the World Body.

Receiving the award, Director-General, Dr Ghebreyesus said, “Rotary is a vital partner for WHO, and our partnership has brought us to the threshold of an historic achievement over polio.”

Also, Rotary International President, Holger Knaack said, “As the world fights the coronavirus pandemic, the global health infrastructure that has brought polio to the brink of eradication is now being used to help protect communities from COVID-19. “The world is benefiting from the infrastructure that the polio eradication initiative has built over the last three decades”, Holger Knaack said.

Meanwhile, the Rotary Award of Honor was established in 1990 to be given to heads of state and other dignitaries who have made a significant contribution to international understanding and goodwill.

Some of the past recipients include His Holiness Pope Francis, Pranab Mukherjee, then president of India, Queen Elizabeth II, and Bill Gates.
Furthermore, Rotary has awarded more than $32 million to club projects that support communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rotary holds the highest consultative status offered to a non-governmental organization by the UN’s Economic and Social Council, which oversees many specialized UN agencies.

Each year, Rotary celebrates the organizations’ shared vision for peace and highlights the critical humanitarian activities around the world.

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