Gillian Martin Sorenson was the featured speaker at the Rotary Club of Dallas on Wednesday, March 27, 2013. She is a Senior Adviser at the United Nations Foundation. Gillian is a national advocate on matters related to the UN and the US -  the UN relationship. She addresses audiences as diverse as Rotary International and the Air Force Academy; University students; staff and members of Congress; newspaper editorial writers and television correspondents.

Rotary and the United Nations have a long history of working together and sharing similar visions for a more peaceful world.

In 1942, Rotary clubs from 21 nations organized a conference in London to develop a vision for advancing education, science, and culture after World War II. That event was a precursor to UNESCO. In 1945, 49 Rotarians went to San Francisco to help draft the UN Charter. Rotary and the UN have been close partners ever since, a relationship that’s apparent through PolioPlus and work with UN agencies.