YUNUS URGES FOR BUILDING CIRCULAR ECONOMY AT ONE PLANET SUMMIT

Press Release (14 December, 2017)

More than 50 World Leaders Deliberate on the Second Anniversary of Paris Climate agreement in France at the One Planet Summit

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus spoke at a roundtable discussion titled 'Accelerating local and regional climate action' during the One Planet Summit in Paris hosted by President Emmanuel Macron of France. Other distinguished panelists, from left to right, are John Kerry, former Secretary of State of the United States, Isabelle Kocher, CEO of ENGIE, largest energy company in France, Geraldine Amiel, Paris Bureau Chief, Bloomberg News and moderator of the panel,  and Jean-Louis Chaussade, CEO of Suez.


Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus urged the global community towards building circular economy as way forward to tackle the climate change challenges at the ‘One Planet Summit’ in France. Professor Yunus made these remarks during the plenary session of the conference which was organized in the second anniversary of the adoption of the historic Paris climate agreement; the President of France Emmanuel Macron hosted a wide array of public and private sector leaders at the “One Planet Summit.”

In his remarks  he said, "An important methodology to achieve zero net carbon is social business. You asked us to talk about business not as usual. Social business is indeed business not as usual. It takes personal profit off the table. It is non--dividend company.” He shared the examples of Grameen Shakti; how social business can have tangible impact in tackling climate issues effectively and sustainably. Collectively Bangladesh has 4 million home with solar home systems now and out of the total number, 2 million are installed by Grameen Shakti. Government’s renewable energy agency, IDCOL, has been assisting to finance the solar energy outreach in Bangladesh, he added

Professor Yunus also discussed about the massive wastes our modern civilizations is generating. One such waste is plastic which he said is killing us. He highlighted a recycling initiative he is taking as social business in Vietnam with support from WWF to clean up Mekong river from plastic waste. He emphasized that we needed to recycle automobile tires too.  He mentioned that it was strange that less than 7 percent of tires are re-used. The rest create pollution. He is initiating a recycling project of tired tires too. Another issue , food waste is also a big challenge that is creating pressure on the planet. By recycling waste vegetables to bring them back into food chain can save huge natural resources. Already a big social business company Bon et Bien has been operating in France.

Professor Yunus said, “it is entrepreneurship and social businesses which will go a long way in saving the world . We should be preparing ourselves for creating circular economy. Nothing should go out of the use.”  Professor Yunus also participated in a high level panel with global energy experts during the One Planet Summit.

The Summit was co-hosted by the Secretary General of UN and the President of World Bank group.

Leading Swiss Technology University and Yunus Centre to Collaborate

Press Release (13 December, 2017)

Yunus Centre will undertake social businesses as field trials of Innovations

From the left: The President of École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne  (EPFL) Professor Martin Vetterrli, Professor Muhammad Yunus, and Professor Marc Gruber, Vice President for Innovation of EPFL and Director of  Yunus Social Business Centre (YSBC) at the university.

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus gave a public lecture in a packed hall at the prestigious Swiss University École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). Professor Yunus was at the university for formal launching of the Yunus Social Business Centre (YSBC) at the university.

EPFL is a university in Lausanne, Switzerland, that specializes in natural sciences and engineering funded by federal government. It is widely regarded as a world leading university.

Yunus Launches Social Business Initiative to Link Sports to Address Social Problems

Press Release (09 December, 2017)

From left Prince Albert of Monaco,  Joel Bouzou, President of the World Olympians Association and President of Peace and Sports Foundation,   Nobel laureate Professor Yunus, and Hans Reitz, co- founder of Grameen Creative Lab based in Germany, celebrating the signing of MOU at the 10th anniversary celebration of Sports and Peace in Monaco on December 7.

Football super star Didier Drogba flanked by Nobel laureate Professor Yunus and Joel Bouzou, president of International Olympian Association at the 10th anniversary celebration of Sports and Peace in Monaco on December 7.

An MOU was signed in Monaco between Yunus Centre, Grameen Creative Lab based in Germany and Sports and Peace foundation, an international organization based in Monaco, to help sports world to address social problems around the world through social business.

The agreement was signed by Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus, Hans Reitz co-Founder of Grameen Creative Lab, based in Germany and Joel Bouzou, President of the World Olympians Association and President of Peace and Sports Foundation in the presence of HRH Prince Albert II of Monaco at the 10th anniversary of Peace and Sports International Forum in Monaco on December 7.

KHAZANAH ASIA SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME 2018

Yayasan Khazanah is a foundation established by Khazanah Nasional Berhad (Khazanah Nasional) - the investment-holding arm of the Government of Malaysia. In line with Khazanah's commitment to selecting and grooming exceptional Malaysian citizens to take on high-level positions at the national level, Yayasan Khazanah is equally committed to developing leaders from fellow Asian countries.

Yayasan Khazanah, in collaboration with Yunus Centre is offering the Khazanah Asia Scholarship to deserving candidates from Bangladesh to pursue their postgraduate education at selected leading universities globally and in Malaysia.

Deadline: December 25, 2017
Age limit: 35 as of December 25, 2017 (for Masters)

For Details Please Click Here.

Yunus Addresses Japan Science Congress

Press Release (27 November, 2017)

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus is giving keynote address at the Japan Science Congress organised by Japan Science Technology Agency (JST). JST is the Japan Government Technology Agency, responsible for guiding and financing the national science and technology programs. Photo: Internet

Nobel Laureate Professor  Muhammad Yunus gave the keynote address at the Japan Science Congress organised by Japan Science Technology  Agency (JST), the government agency for guiding and financing the national science and technology program.  The president of JST Professor Michinari Hamaguchi invited Professor Yunus to give his views on how to strengthen scientific research towards achieving social goals.

In his speech, Professor Yunus asked the scientists to rethink the goal of research in science and technology and also the application of the research output. He emphasised that scientific research must be designed in the light of what would be the ultimate desired shape of human society. Objective of research should be to achieve that goal efficiently and in a smooth way.  He raised the question whether technologies like artificial intelligence fits the desired goal if it initiates the process of massive unemployment. He asked why dont we define the areas in which we should appply artificial intelligence. He suggested an immediate area  where artificial intelligence should be applied. He proposed healthcare, and education as the most most desired areas of its application, definitely not in pushing people out of job.

JST expressed its interest in working jointly with Yunus centre to develop and adapt technologies for social businesses to solve human problems. Follow up meetings will be held soon to  work out the framework this collaboration.

Professor Yunus also discussed collaboration with Business University of Japan, and Telecom Foundation.

He had meetings with potential social business joint venture partners in Japan besides preparing ground for launching Grameen Nippon, the Grameen replication program in Japan similar to Grameen America.

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus is giving keynote address at the Japan Science Congress organised by Japan Science Technology Agency (JST). JST is the Japan Government Technology Agency, responsible for guiding and financing the national science and technology programs. Photo: Internet

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