35th Annual Lions Day with the UN
On Friday, February 1, Lions Clubs International and the United Nations (UN) celebrated their 68-year partnership during the 35th Annual Lions Day with the UN held in New York City.
Highlights of the event included:
- Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, Under-Secretary General for Communications and Public Information at the UN, welcomed Lions and guests and discussed the Millennium Development Goals.
- Lions International President Wayne Madden highlighted the collaboration between Lions and the UN, as well as the Lions global campaigns and Reading Action Program.
- Carl Augusto, president and CEO of the American Foundation for the Blind, spoke about the needs of the blind in the U.S. and around the world, as well as Braille education and misconceptions about the blind.
- Keynoter Nicholas Alipui, Director of UNICEF Programs, discussed the importance of literacy and education.
- Lions participated in a panel discussion that touched on topics including youth, hunger, poverty, education and literacy.
- Two past Peace Poster Contest winners reflected on how the contest impacted their lives.
- The 2013 Peace Poster Contest grand prize winner was announced.
Thank you to all the Lions, UN ambassadors, speakers and friends who attended this year’s Lions Day with the UN and helped make it a fun, engaging and successful day!