Yunus meets UN Secretary General at UN SDG Advocates’ Meeting at UN HQ

Yunus Centre Press Release (25 September, 2016)

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus is seen among other SDG advocates who met Secretary General of UN, Ban Ki Moon on September 23, 2016. SDG advocates, seen with Professor Yunus, include Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg( sitting besides Ban Ki Moon),Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden; Thomas Gass, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General, Mr. Richard Curtis, Producer and Film Director, Alaa Murabit, Founder of The Voice of Libyan Women; Paul Polman, Chief Executive Officer of Unilever, Nobel Peace Laureate Ms. Leymah Gbowee, Ambassador Dho Young-Shim, Chairperson, United Nations World Tourism Organization’s Sustainable Tourism for Eliminating Poverty (ST-EP) Foundation, Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Director, Earth Institute at Columbia University, Mr. Forrest Whitaker, Founder and CEO, Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative among others.

Nobel Laureate Professor Yunus along with fellow Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) advocates held meeting with UN Secretary General at the chair for the last time before he steps out of UN, at UN head quarter on September 23, 2016.  Launched on 21 January 2016 on the occasion of the World Economic Forum in Davos, the SDG Advocates consist of 17 eminent persons assisting the UN Secretary-General in the campaign to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that world leaders unanimously adopted in September 2015.

With a mandate to support the Secretary-General in his efforts to generate momentum and commitment to achieve the SDGs by 2030, the SDG Advocates have been working to promote the universal sustainable development agenda, to raise awareness of the integrated nature of the SDGs, and to foster the engagement of new stakeholders in the implementation of these Goals.

SDG Advocates Group is co-chaired by Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg and  Ghana President John Dramani Mahama. Besides Professor Yunus other members of SDG are Queen Mathilde of Belgium; Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden; Jack Ma, Founder and Executive Chairman of the Chinese Alibaba Group of Internet-based businesses; and Leo Messi, the world renowned Argentine-born footballer,  who is also a UN Children’s Fund Goodwill Ambassador, Shakira, the famous singer, Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Co-Founder of the Qatar Foundation; Alaa Murabit, Founder of The Voice of Libyan Women; Paul Polman, Chief Executive Officer of Unilever.

Professor Yunus honored with Concordia Leadership Award

José Manuel Durão Barroso, former President of the European Commission and Prime Minister of Portugal presenting Concordia Leadership Award 2016 to Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 in New York.

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus On Tuesday, September 20, 2016 awarded Concordia Leadership Award 2016 on the second day of two day leadership summit in New York. The award ceremony was held during the dinner to celebrate the 2016 Summit held at Cipriani in New York City. José Manuel Durão Barroso, former President of the European Commission and former  Prime Minister of Portugal handed over the prize to Professor Yunus.

The 2016 Concordia Leadership Award recognizes global leaders within the public, private, and nonprofit sectors who inspire others through their ability to turn vision into impact. Recipients of the award reflect a commitment to positive social and economic change while promoting effective public-private collaboration to create a more prosperous and sustainable future.

The Concordia Summit convenes the world’s most prominent business, government, and nonprofit leaders to enable effective partnerships for impact. Thought leaders and innovators gather at this global affairs forum to examine the world’s most pressing challenges and identify avenues for collaboration. This year’s summit speakers included 1. Warren Buffett, Chief Executive Officer, Berkshire Hathaway INC, Ms Madeleine Albright, Chairman of the Board, National Democratic Institute, George Soros, Founder and Chair, Soros Fund Management and the Open Society Foundations, and others

WHO Special Global Health Commission Report Submitted to UN Secretary General at UN Headquarters: Yunus's Social Business Highlighted

Press Release (21 September, 2016)

Photo Caption: The High-Level WHO Commission for Health Employment and Economic Growth presented the final report to the United Nations Secretary General, Mr Ban Ki Moon at the United Nations Head Quarters on 20 September . Seen in the photo, top row from right to left: Commissioners Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, President of South Africa; Ms Susana Malcorra, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Argentina; Mr George K Werner, Minister of Education, Liberia; Dr Alaa Murabit, Founder of The Libyan Voice ; Dr Judith Shamian, President of the International Council of Nurses; Prof. Muhammad 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate; Ms Rosa Pavanelli, General-Secretary of Public Services International and Herman Gröhe, Federal Minister of Health, Germany.

Bottom row from right to left: co-vice chair, Mr Guy Ryder, Director-General, International Labour Organization(ILO);  H.E. Mr Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa,, Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO);H.E. Mr François Hollande, President of France,  Mr Angel Gurría, Secretary-General, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

President Hollande of France and President Zuma of South Africa, Co-Chairs of High Level WHO Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth presented its final report to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon at the UN Head Quarters on September 20. Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus is a member of this High Level WHO Commission appointed by the UN Secretary General.

On March 2 of this year, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of a Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth tasked with proposing actions to redress inequities, and stimulate and guide the creation of health and social sector jobs for inclusive economic growth.

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus is one of the commissioners invited by the Director General of WHO Dr Margaret Chan to join the Commission to provide a balance of policy, technical and geographical expertise for the report. Other commissioners include Nobel Laureate in Economics Professor Joseph Stiglitz, Dr Judith Shamian, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson, African Union Commission,  Dr Margaret Chan, Director General of WHO, Ángel Gurría, Secretary General of the OECD and Guy Ryder, Director General of the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

The report was formally handed over to the Secretary General in a formal ceremony in the presence of all members of the Commission at a special meeting  convened at UN Headquarters on September 20 on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

Ipoh declared first Social Business City in Malaysia

Press Release

Dato' Zamri Bin Man, Mayor of Ipoh, Perak Malaysia presenting the Social Business City pledge memento to Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus at the Pangkor International Development Dialogue 2016 opening day on 5 September, 2016 witnessed by key stakeholders. Photo: Yunus Centre

A formal joint-declaration was made to make Ipoh as the first Social Business City of Malaysia by the Chief Minister of Perak, Mayor of Perak, CEO of MyHarapan, a youth organization of Malaysia, and Yunus Centre. Ipoh is the capital of Northern Malaysian state of Perak. The declaration came on opening day of the three day long Pangkor International Development Dialogue 2016 being held in Perak, Malaysia from 5-7 September 2016. Ipoh is following the example of social business cities created in other countries.

Earlier on, Sunday 4 September, 2016  Professor Yunus gave recommendations and guidelines to the Perak Social Business City Committee on how Ipoh can become an effective social business city. This committee was created for the preparation and implementation of the project on the eve of the dialogue.

Professor Yunus also delivered the keynote speech at this year’s Pangkor Dialogue which is one of the largest knowledge exchange dialogue in Southeast Asia focusing on Sustainable Development. Over a thousand delegates, including ministerial level delegates from India, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Singapore, Bahrain, and Guinea are attending the conference.

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