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Pope Francis Consults Yunus


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


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.

A Kennedy Comes To Dhaka

Kerry-KennedyOn June 28, 2014 the Yunus Centre welcomes Kerry Kennedy, President of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights who will be joining the opening of Social Business Day as Keynote Speaker.

Kerry hails from the famous Kennedy family as the 7th born of the 11 children of the Former US Senator Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel S. Kennedy. Her father Bobby Kennedy was Attorney General in his brother President J F Kennedy's cabinet.

The Kennedy family has a long history of support for the people of Bangladesh. In 1971, Kerry’s uncle, Edward Moore “Ted” Kennedy, became a close friend to Bangladesh when he spoke out in support of the independence for the people of Bangladesh. He visited refugee camps in India where the Bangladeshis had fled to under attack from the Pakistani army. The advocacy of Ted Kennedy played a significant role in the struggle for Bangladesh's independence, and was one of the earliest visitors to Bangladesh after the liberation war.

Kerry Kennedy’s family has been carrying on her family's tradition of fighting for democracy and justice. She is known around the world for her humanitarian efforts. In 1981, Kerry Kennedy, a lawyer by training, started working in human rights when she investigated abuses committed by U.S. immigration officials against Salvadoran refugees.  Since then, her life has been devoted to the pursuit of justice and the promotion and protection of basic rights. She established the RFK Center for Justice  & Human Rights in 1988 and has led over 50 human rights delegations across the globe.

5th Social Business Day focuses on Turning Unemployment into Entrepreneurship

SBDlogoThe 5th annual Social Business Day organized by Yunus Centre will be held on June 28, 2014 on the theme of “We Are Not Job-Seekers, We Are Job-Givers-- Turning Unemployment into Entrepreneurship” at Radisson Blu Water Garden Hotel, Dhaka.

As before, the gathering is an opportunity to meet, connect, discuss and collaborate with the global social business community with the purpose of developing effective solutions to solve society's most pressing problems. The focus of this year's day is on tackling youth unemployment through social business.

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus will host the event and Kerry Kennedy, President of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights will join the opening of Social Business Day as Keynote Speaker.

The event will also be attended by more than 1,000 participants, among them, 275 international participants from 31 countries including Andrea Jung, President and CEO, Grameen America (former global CEO of Avon),  two delegations comprising 46 members from China, a 43 member delegation led by Danone Communities from France, a 15-delegation led by Grameen Credit Agricole, a 30-member delegation from Taiwan, high-level representatives from NABARD, Tata Steel, Bajaj group from India, among many others.

Yunus at the 12th global conference of International Federation on Ageing: The word retirement should be "retired" – Yunus


Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus lights the inaugural lamp  at the 12th Global Conference of the International Federation on Ageing at Hyderabad from the 10th to 13th June 2014 with the Hon'ble Deputy Chief Minister of the just created state of Telangana, Dr. T. Rajaiah (on far right). From left are: Dr. K. R. Gangadharan, President, International Federation on Ageing, Mabingue Ngom, Director, Program Division, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Dr. Jane Barratt, Secretary General, International Federation on Ageing, and representative Heritage Foundation India.

The 12th global conference of the International Federation on Ageing was held in Hyderabad took place from 10 to 13 June 2014. The convention was formally inaugurated by the Hon'ble Deputy Chief Minister of just created state of Telengana, Dr. T. Rajaiah on Wednesday, and Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus delivered the keynote address on the occasion.

In his speech Professor Muhammad Yunus said that we may transit from phase one of life to phase two of life after completing certain number of years of work, but that should not be called retirement. There is no reason why every person should not try to continue to be active till the last day. The word 'retirement', he said, has to be retired. A retired person should look at this phase of his life as the most precious period in his or her life, which one arrives at after a long process of preparation. It should not be the time of ‘switching off' or 'packing up' as the term 'retirement' implies, rather it is a period of giving full swing creative power to the society.