LDUN Geneva Recap

On September 27, 2017, more than 250 Lions, Leos and dignitaries gathered for the first ever Lions Day with the United Nations to take place in Geneva, Switzerland . The first of three United Nations events this Lion Year, LDUN Geneva jumpstarted the conversation about how Lions can work together to combat the global diabetes epidemic.

 

The day-long event was jam-packed with important speakers and included an expert panel discussion on the global diabetes epidemic. Lions Clubs International President Dr. Naresh Aggarwal headlined the program, which was chaired by Past International President Dr. Giuseppe Grimaldi and included addresses from Michael Møller, Director General of United Nations Office of Geneva, Kelly Clements, UN Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees, Dr. Oleg Chestov, Assistant Director General of the World Health Organization, and more.

“Strong partnerships with organizations such as the United Nations have helped shape our past, and will help forge our future. The diabetes epidemic cannot be ignored.  Through our partnerships with the United Nations, WHO, pharmaceutical companies, and other agencies, we will make a difference for the millions of people whose lives are impacted by diabetes.”

– International President Dr. Naresh Aggarwal.

 

Lions Clubs International President Dr. Naresh Aggarwal speaks during Lions Day with the United Nations in Geneva.

 

LDUN Geneva Panel Discussion

First International Vice President Gudrun Yngvadottir moderates an expert panel discussion of the challenges posed by the global diabetes epidemic.

 

 

But it wasn’t all work.

Attendees were treated to world-class entertainment in the form of a classical violin performance and a song by the winner of the Lions World Song Festival for the Blind.

Anthony Fournier, violinist, LDUN Geneva

Anthony Fournier, winner of the European Lions Music Contest, was accompanied by pianist Jansen Ryser.

 

Szilvia Agárdi, winner of the Lions World Song Festival for the Blind.

LDUN Geneva is just the beginning.

Lions and Leos will continue their longstanding partnership with the United Nations—and the discussion on diabetes—at LDUN Nairobi on February 27, 2018 and LDUN New York on March 24. Registration for these events opens November 1. Space is limited, so reserve your seat as soon as possible!