Nobel Peace Laureates’ including Professor Yunus call for real peace between Israelis and Palestinians

yunus unAn open statement to the international community from Nobel Peace Prize Laureates.

As Nobel Peace Laureates, we join others worldwide who are calling on the international community to secure an immediate ceasefire to prevent any further deaths among Israelis and Palestinians. As the situation continues to deteriorate and the disproportionate number of deaths in Gaza mounts, we are called by conscience to speak out in every way possible not only to end the current violence, but to address the roots of violence.

There have been attacks on Gaza before.  There have been cease-fires declared before. And yet the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territory grinds on. One million and seven hundred thousand Palestinians continue to live under Israeli siege in Gaza. Immediately after the last cease-­‐fire in 2012, calm did return to Israel, but Israeli attacks did not stop in Gaza.

Peace is more than the absence of outright war. Peace requires the presence of justice, of equality, of recognizing our common humanity.  Those who would be brokers for peace must first acknowledge and address the coercive and corrosive power that Israel wields over Palestinians. As Nelson Mandela said in 1985, “Only free men can negotiate: a prisoner cannot enter into contracts."

High-Level Dialogue between Yunus and Myanmar Ministers

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Professor Yunus with Myanmar Ministers in Nay Pyi Taw. (From right to left)  Union Minister  U Tin Naing Thein, Economic Advisor to President Professor Aung Tun Thet, Professor Yunus, Union Minister U Soe Thein, Minister for Rural Development U Ohn Myint, Minister of Immigration U Khin Yi  and Director General of Myanmar Investment Commission Aung Naing Oo.

On final day of his three day visit to Myanmar, Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus travelled to Nay Pyi Taw, the capital of Myanmar, to address ministers, senior government officials, and members of parliament about the role of social business in the development of Myanmar.

He was received at the conference venue by two Union Ministers U Tin Naing Thein and U Soe Thein. They are referred to as 'super ministers' since each them oversees five or six ministries and based in the President's office. U Tin Naing Thein had been a retired brigadier general in the Myanmar Army and previously held the post of Minister for Commerce. U Soe Thein had previously served as the Commander in Chief of the Myanmar Navy and is a retired Vice Admiral.

Yunus and Aung San Suu Kyi discuss People-Centric Economy for Myanmar

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Photo Caption: Nobel Peace Laureates Professor Muhammad Yunus and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi hold up a peace sign together, as their message to the world during their meeting in Yangon on Saturday. (Photo: L. Morshed, Yunus Centre)

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus arrived in Yangon on Saturday for a three day visit to Myanmar at the invitation of British Council in Myanmar. Professor Yunus is invited to speak to members of the government, civil society and business community about the potential of social business and the role of business in the country's development.

Pope Francis Consults Yunus

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Pope Francis discussing social business with Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus at the Vatican city state on July 12 during a break in the Seminar on “The Global Common Good: Towards a More Inclusive Economy". Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson (right), President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, who is organizer of the seminar, is seen listening to the discussion. Pope Francis met  participants and gave his views,   also listened to the views of some participants on the closing day of the conference.

Nobel Peace Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus was invited by Pope Francis to attend a special meeting of global thinkers organized by the Vatican on “The Global Common Good: Towards A More Inclusive Economy”. The meeting was held at Vatican City from 11-12 July, 2014.

The Catholic Church under the leadership of Pope Francis is seeking to formulate a new economic policy taking into account the spiritual perspective. Pope Francis who has been an outspoken critic of the global economic system took this initiative to hold a consultation meeting   on what is needed at the global policy level to overcome the social plagues that humiliate the dignity of the person.

Full Transcript of Kerry Kennedy’s Speech at Social Business Day 2014

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Kerry Kennedy
Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights
June 2014
Social Business Day 2014 Conference


Great to be here.

I want to thank all our International visitors and especially the many women and men from Bangladesh for joining us this morning.

Thank you Dr. Yunus.

Being here in Dhaka is a life-long dream come true.  I remember as a ten-year-old hearing about the genocide in Bangladesh committed by Pakistani troops against the Bengali people.  And the horror I felt when my President, Richard Nixon, along with Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said it was against American interests to interfere in the sovereignty of another state.