International Breakfast - Nov 20
RCNY's Nov. 20th International Breakfast featured speaker Juerg Lauber, Ambassador & Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the UN. A self-professed "UN Romantic," Ambassador Lauber spoke on the perceived crisis against multilateralism globally and his optimism towards the values that are held in the charter of the UN.
    Read a report and share pictures of the meeting inside.



RCNY International Breakfast at the UN
Report by Andreas Runggatscher


RCNY's November 20th International Breakfast Meeting featured speaker Juerg Lauber, Ambassador & Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the United Nations. The meeting was led by International Breakfast Chair Dr. Jasmin Cowin and moderated by Past President and Trustee Helen Reisler. First order of business was the induction of our newest member Chris Cui (see photo).

A self-professed "UN Romantic," Ambassador Lauber spoke on the perceived crisis against multilateralism globally and his optimism towards the values that are held in the charter of the United Nations.

Ambassador Lauber reflected on the shift of member-states standing up for the need and importance of the United Nations contrasted to the previous skepticism and cynicism towards its capacity to effectively carry out its purpose. As the need for defining and clarifying laws on the international level grows, so does the need for cooperation and consensus across different countries as many of the pressing issues--such as environment, refugees, and digitalization of the world--transcend physical boundaries. The challenge lies in ensuring that each member-state country is appropriately heard and that the big power nations not impose their viewpoints and policies unilaterally.

Moving forward, he spoke of what it might look like to shift the mindsets to the collective responsibility of the individual, particularly in the context of the United Nation's limitation in financial resources, and their inability to singularly create the changes requires as the problems are systemic. Given that, he closed to pragmatically say that it's not enough to be hopeful, but it's important to recognize that the United Nations needs tangible support in driving their overarching vision forward.

After the presentation, Tom McConnon (see photo) presented the Ambassador with his book about the UN and President Larry Cohen then pinned Ambassador Lauber as an Honorary Member of the Rotary Club of New York (see photo). We had also several international visitors from Kenya and India (see photo).

Photos from the Meeting


Larry Cohen pins Ambassador Lauber as an Honorary Member RCNY

    


Helen Reisler with Ambassador Lauber


Larry Cohen, Jasmin Cowin, and the Ambassador


Tom McConnon presents the Ambassador with his book about the UN



Induction of our newest member, Chris Cui


International visitors from India