YUNUS MEETS NEW UN SECRETARY GENERAL ANTONIO GUTERRES

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Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus is exchanging greetings with the new UN Secretary General, Mr Antonio Guterres during the meeting of the UN SDG Advocates in Davos on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum. Photo: Yunus Centre

Davos,  January 22.

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus was invited to a specially organised  meeting of the UN SDG Advocates in Davos on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum to meet the new UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

The meeting was attended by the SDG Advocates who were present at the WEF in Davos. They included Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway, Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever and Ambassador Dho of Korea and Professor Yunus. The Secretary General sought the Advocates advice on the ways in which the  Advocates can promote the goals to help the UN achieve the SDGs by 2030. He wanted their advice on how he as the UN Secretary General can facilitate their work. 

The Advocates each gave their suggestions on the best way to move forward.  Yunus strongly recommended that efforts should be focussed on mobilising the women. the youth and civil society in general by building awareness among them and spurring them into action towards the SDGs. He especially proposed that UN SG may regularly address young people at universities as a way to get youth aware and involved in the SDGs briefing them on the accomplishment made in leading countries and the tasks ahead. His addresses at the universities may be covered in the press  extensively.  Guterres thanked Professor Yunus for his comments and praised him for his contributions in poverty reduction that he has long been an admirer of.

Professor Yunus during WEF week in Davos attended a number of events focussed on the SDGs. He addressed a special breakfast meeting of global infuencers organized by film maker Richard Curtis and celebrity chef Jamie Oliver who are working to reach the message of the SDGs to the widest possible audience using their platform and celebrity. Yunus mentioned that while marketing the SDGs was important it had to be supported by work on the ground to achieve the goals by 2030. He explained the work of the social businesses operating in Bangladesh and around the world and through the new entrepreneurs program in Bangladesh which is  turning unemployed youth into entrepreneurs.  He explained his focus on three zeroes - zero poverty, zero unemployment and zero net carbon emissions. 

He also met with Thomas Gass the Assistant Secretary General of the UN who is the focal point of the UN SDG Advocacy Group and had an interview on SDG Live  at the UN Partnership Space in Davos

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus is seen along with UN Secretary General and UN SDG Advocates in Davos on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum. Photo: Yunus Centre

Yunus Joins Paris Initiatives : Press Conference of Yunus and Paris Mayor in Davos

Press Release (21 January, 2017)

Paris Mayor Ms Anne Hidalgo and Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus met in Davos to discuss and announce their partnership to bring social business to Paris.

Paris Mayor Ms Anne Hidalgo and Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus addressed a joint press conference at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland to announce the agreement signed between the City of Paris and Yunus Centre to bring social business to the city of Paris to tackle pressing social problems of the city including youth unemployment.

459th Social Business Design Lab Held

Press Release (12 January, 2017)

Online Platform for Grameen Poshra Launched

Investments into six social businesses were announced on Thursday, 12th January, 2017 at the 459th Social Business Design Lab. The New Entrepreneurs, children of Grameen Bank borrowers are seen in the photo with Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus. Photo Credit: Nasir Ali Mamun /Yunus Centre

The 459th Social Business Design Lab organized by Yunus Centre took place on 12thJanuary 2017 at the Grameen Bank Auditorium with nearly 150 national and international participants from USA, Austria, Italy, Germany and other countries. The Design Lab was chaired by Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus. Special attendees include Mr Steve Hollingworth, CEO and President of Grameen Foundation, USA.

Six new Nobin Udyokta (New Entrepreneur) business plans were presented at today's Lab. All Nobin Udyokta businesses, presented at the Design Lab are the children of Grameen Bank borrowers’ families.

Yunus Joins celebration of 200th year of Presidency University in Kolkata.

Press Release (15 January, 2017)

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus addressing the Presidency University Global Education Summit on the occasion of its Bicentennial celebration on 10 January, 2017 in Kolkata, India.

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus addressed the Presidency University  Global Education Summit on the occasion of its Bicentennial celebration on 10 January. Later he  was received by the Governor of Bengal at  Rajbhaban and joined him in a dinner. He was accompanied by Professor Anuradha Lohia, the Vice-Chancellor of Presidency University.

Presidency University was born out of Presidency College which initially started as an initiative of a small group of educational activists as Hindu College two hundred years back in 1817. Hindu College was the first institution of  western higher learning in British India. In 2010 Presidency College was upgraded into a university.

Yunus Welcomed by 25,000 tribal children in KISS, Bhubaneswar, India

Press Release (11 January, 2017)

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus addressing the disadvantaged tribal children at the Kalinga Institute of Social Science (KISS) in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India  on 9 January, 2017.

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus visited the Kalinga Institute of Social Science (KISS) in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India on 9 January, 2017.  KISS is a unique organization in whole of India where 25000 children from disadvantaged tribal communities   from Odisha and neighboring states get modern residential school and college education .They come here as small children at pre-school level and remain here till they get a bachelor degree  with a drop out rare of zero. The institute had a great celebration on the occasion of the visit by Professor Yunus. The big zone of the city which houses the two sister organizations KISS and KIIT ( Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology), comprising of  a famous private university , a medical college and hospital and a renowned international school. took a festive look with big festoons displaying the portrait of Professor Yunus.  He was received by Dr. Achyuta Samanta , the founder of both KISS and KIIT , and was taken to different parts of KIIT with its total of 30, 000 students including 550 foreign students. This is a premier educational facility in the state of Odisha.

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