An Open Letter by 12 Nobel Laureates and 18 Eminent Global Citizens to United Nations Security Council to end the Rohingya crisis

Rohingya Crisis is Deteriorating Very Fast

AN OPEN LETTER TO UN SECURITY COUNCIL TO INTERVENE TO END THE HUMAN CRISIS IN RAKHINE, MYANMAR

Date: 13 September, 2017

Dear President and Members of the Security Council,

Thank you for holding the UNSC meeting on Rohingya crisis most likely on September 13.

The human tragedy and crimes against humanity unfolding in the Arakan region of Myanmar need your immediate intervention. This is one of the moments when bold and decisive actions are needed.

According to different organizations, recent military offensive by the Myanmar Army in Rakhine State has led to the killing of hundreds of Rohingya people. Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced. Complete villages have been burned, women raped, many civilians arbitrarily arrested, and children killed. Crucially, humanitarian aid organisations have been almost completely denied access, creating an appalling humanitarian crisis in an area already extremely poor. According to UN sources, around 300,000 people have fled to Bangladesh during the last two weeks. Human misery created by such massive displacement of men, women and children under the threat of death is getting worse every day.

OPEN LETTER TO UN SECURITY COUNCIL BY YUNUS TO END THE HUMAN CRISIS IN MYANMAR

Rohingya Crisis is Deteriorating Very Fast

AN OPEN LETTER TO UN SECURITY COUNCIL TO INTERVENE TO END THE HUMAN CRISIS IN RAKHINE, MYANMAR

 

 Dear President and Members of the Security Council,


As you are aware, the human tragedy and crimes against humanity has taken a dangerous turn in the Arakan region of Myanmar. It needs your immediate intervention.

According to different organizations, recent military offensive by the Myanmar Army in Rakhine State has led to the killing of hundreds of Rohingya people. Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced. Complete villages have been burned, women raped, many civilians arbitrarily arrested, and children killed. Crucially, humanitarian aid organisations have been almost completely denied access, creating an appalling humanitarian crisis in an area already extremely poor. According to local administration sources, around 120,000 people have fled to my country during the last twelve days. Human misery created by such massive displacement of men, women and children under the threat of death is getting worse every day.

Pre-Meeting for Social Business Academia Conference 2017 Held at Mirpur

Press Release, 30 July, 2017, Dhaka

International Academics Exchanged Ideas on Theoretical Aspects of Social Business

Participants at the Pre Meeting for Social Business Academia Conference 2017

Pre-meeting of Social Business Academia Conference (SBAC) to be held in Paris on November 8-9, 2017, was held today at Mirpur as a preparation meeting of Paris conference. International academics who came to Bangladesh to attend Social Business Day 2017 attended the meeting. About 120 faculty members from 30 universities around the world attended today’s meeting to discuss about the academic aspects of social business. This will be the fifth edition of the conference. Fourth edition of the conference was also held in Paris, France in 2016. About thirty nine peer reviewed papers on social business are expected to be presented at the conference in Paris.

With the opening speech by Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus, Chair of the organizing committee of SBAC, the day’s program started at 10.30 AM in the morning. Professor Cam Donaldson, chairman scientific committee and Pro vice chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University of Scotland updated the audience about SBAC. Professor Yunus congratulated the seven new Yunus Social Business Centres (YSBC) in seven universities located in China, India, Malaysia, Taiwan, Palestine, Mexico and Hong Kong; and welcomed them in the expanding network of YSBCs around the world in his opening speech. This brings the number of YSBCs to 42. This year this number will exceed 50. Ms Lamiya Morshed, Executive Director of Yunus Centre updated the participants about the latest developments regarding the YSBCs. Representatives of different YSBCs, who were present at the meeting, shared their respective developments.

There were four breakout sessions at the meeting to focus on topics like Social Business in the Academic Curriculum and Designing a Course on Social Business, moderated by Prof. Chien-wen Shen, National Central University, Taiwan, China, Emerging Research Issues and Present Research Agenda on Social Business in Various Universities, Moderated by Prof. Zhao Meng, Renmin University of China, Financing of Research on Social Business, moderated by Prof. Faiz Shah, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand,     PhD Scholarships for YSBCs, moderated by Dr. Ashir Ahmed, Kyushu University, Japan. Participants discussed the technical issues like developing curriculum for social business course, securing social business research fund, facilitating PhD scholarships. They also shared their respective views about attracting more quality research papers in each SBAC and how publication of these papers in professional journals can be ensured. Some of the discussants also presented their ideas to bring out dedicated social business journals. Academics and participants came from various countries including HEC Montréal, Canada, National Central University, Taiwan, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Kyushu University, Japan, Chandighar University, India, University of Mysore, India, Renmin University, China, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, Universiti Teknologi Petronas, Malaysia, University of New South Wales, Australia, University of Florence, Italy, EADA Business School, Spain, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Catholic University of Zimbabwe, Tufts University, USA, Chia Foundation, Cameroon.

The Social Business Academia Conference (SBAC) is held each year to review the theoretical and practical implications and potentials of the concept of social business. The purpose of the conference is to create a networking opportunity for academicians, researchers, practitioners, and development activists to discuss recent insights on Social Business. This conference seeks to understand the management and performance implications of the social business concept introduced by Professor Yunus. It also aims to explore new theoretical and empirical research in the areas of finance, marketing, human resources, information and communication technology, health, agriculture and management issues related to social businesses which will foster the future direction of the policies and practices of these businesses. Besides academic papers, the conference welcomes case studies, in-depth evaluations, and papers documenting innovative directions of social businesses from business executives, consultants, social activists, social business practitioners, ethicists, social scientists and others. Collectively academic and non-academic contributions will reflect on the challenges and opportunities that social businesses face as they try to solve the most complicated human problems inside one country, and across countries around the world.

The day’s pre-meeting ended with recommendations for SBAC at Paris in November to be held in the Cité University of Paris which was established to bring the young people of the world to study in one campus.

 

Social Business Country Forums Held at Mirpur

Academics to Attend Pre Meeting of Social Business Academia Conference tomorrow

29 July, 2017 Dhaka Bangladesh

Concluding plannery session of Country Forum

 Participants of Social Business Day   from different countries today assembled separately at their respective country forums  at the headquarter facilities of various social business companies to review their social business initiatives and prepare plans for coming years. This was part of the Social Business Day program as originally planned for the second day program. Countries which held these country forums  are China, India, Europe, Japan, Malaysia, Latin America and Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands .

Earlier on 28 July the first day program of 7th Social Business Day (SBD) at a city hotel with only the fireign delegates in presence. The theme of the first day was “Can Wealth Concentration be Stopped?”.

The two day Social Business Day celebrations ended with a plenary session of all delegates discussing future directions of social business in all their countries. 

A pre-meeting for the academics and faculty who are attending Social Business Day 2017 will be held tomorrow. It is expected that 120 faculty members from 30 universities around the world will attend to discuss about theoretial aspects of social business. The pre-meeting is designed as a  preparatory meeting for the Social Business Academia Conference that will take place on November 8-9  in Paris . About thirty five peer reviewed papers on social business are expected to be presented at the conference in Paris.

Programs of Social Business Day 2017 Went Ahead with International Delegates, Arrived for the Conference, Deliberated on Wealth Concentration

Sessions Live Telecast on Facebook

28 July, 2017 Dhaka Bangladesh

 Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus introducing keynote speaker Thomas Gass, Assistant Secretary General, UN to the audience

Sessions, scheduled to held at the cancelled 7th Social Business Day (SBD) was held today, participated by foreign guests who already arrived to join the conference, at a conference room of Hotel Le Meridian. The program was supposed to be held at Samajik Convention Centre in Zirabo, Savar, Dhaka with the theme “Can Wealth Concentration be Stopped?”. The announcement of the live telecast of the sessions was sent from Yunus Centre to media with the cancellation statement at the evening on 27th july, 2017.

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