Rotary International President Jennifer Jones appeared on the main stage at the star-studded Global Citizen Festival on 24 September to highlight Rotary’s commitment to eradicating polio and announce an additional US$150 million pledge. Jones, who spoke in front of 60,000 people in New York City and many more viewers online and on TV, mentioned that New York state recently declared a state of emergency to combat a potential resurgence of polio in the region. She noted this as one more reason why it’s critical for Rotary International and its partners to remain committed to ending polio. Thanks to the efforts of Rotary, nearly 3 billion children have been vaccinated against polio and 20 million people are walking who otherwise would have been paralyzed. Only two countries remain with cases of the wild polio virus in the world - Pakistan and Afghanistan. To learn more about Rotary's efforts to eradicate polio, visit