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Yunus at 25th Anniversary of the Agreement which Brought End to Apartheid

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From the left, Martti Ahtisaari, former President of the Republic of Finland, Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei, Director General Emeritus IAEA & Nobel Peace Laureate (2005), Egypt, HE DFenis Sassou N’guesso, President of the Republic of Congo, Mary Robinson, Former President of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, 2006 Nobel Peace Laureate Muhammad Yunus and Peter Agre, the recipient of the 2003 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Republic of Congo is playing out Madiba magic as the country looks back on a historic deal that brought peace to Southern Africa.

Former President Nelson Mandela's face greets one from billboards and roadside banners in Brazzaville's main boulevards amid the flags of South Africa, Cuba, the US, Angola and the Republic of Congo.

Twenty five years ago in 1988, three countries, South Africa, Cuba and Angola signed a protocol named the Brazzaville protocol.

The Congolese capital commemorated on February 11, 2014 the 25th anniversary of the signing of the protocol in Brazzaville, capital of Republic of Congo.

The deal brought the so-called "Bosoorlog" to an end and led to the release of political prisoners on all sides. Nelson Mandela was released from prison six months after the protocol was signed. The rest is history.

Yunus at Davos

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Nobel Peace Laureate Muhammad Yunus attended the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos from 22-25 January 2014.At WEF, he participated along with Sir Richard Branson and Bill Gates on the Future of Capitalism. The discussion took place on 23 January and was moderated by former British PM Tony Blair.  

In his remarks Professor Yunus said that there is a need to bring human identity back to the business, defining business should be something that “will not do harm to people, will not do harm to planet, will not exploit people, will have no corruption and no deception”. Sharing his own experience, Professor Yunus said he is creating a space in conventional between business and philanthropy – which he terms as social business. This is dedicated to solve problems, not to make personal money.

Message from Professor Muhammad Yunus to Graça Machel on Passing of Nelson Mandela

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Dear Graça,

Words cannot express the profound sadness I feel at the passing of Madiba, whose life and message has been an inspiration for the world. While he passes from this physical world, his vision, his strength and courage, his perseverance and integrity, his humility and magnanimity are a shining example to all those who strive to create a better and more just world, and will remain so for generations to come.

I feel a deep sense of gratitude for having known him and for being able to call him my friend. I was privileged to deliver his 91st birthday celebration lecture in the presence of Madiba, which was live telecast nationally, in Johannesburg in 2009. This I consider to be one of the happiest occasions of my life.

I convey my deepest condolences and sympathies to you, Graça, and to the rest of your family, and pray that you can find the strength to bear this unfathomable loss. I hope you will find some comfort in knowing that the entire world mourns with you at this time.

Rest In Peace Madiba.

Sincerely,

Muhammad Yunus

বিচারপতি মুহাম্মদ হাবিবুর রহমানের মৃত্যুতে ড. মুহাম্মদ ইউনুসের শোকবার্তা

habibur-ycহঠাৎ করে বিচারপতি মুহাম্মদ হাবিবুর রহমান আমাদের ছেড়ে চলে যাবেন বুঝতে পারিনি। অনেক দিন তাঁর সঙ্গেঁ দেখা হয়নি। অথচ ১৯৯৬ এর তত্বাবধায়ক সরকারের আমলে প্রতিদিন তার সঙ্গেঁ দীর্ঘ সময় কাটিয়েছি। যাঁরা তাঁকে কাছে থেকে দেখেনি তাঁরা কোনদিন বুঝতে পারবে না কত অসম্ভব রকম চমৎকার মানুষ ছিলেন তিনি । এরকম সাদামাটা অথচ অত্যন্ত বুদ্ধিদীপ্ত মানুষের সান্যিধ্যে না-আসলে তাঁর গভীরতার পরিমাপ পাওয়া যাবে না। হাবিবুর রহমান অত্যন্ত সরল মানুষ ছিলেন। সরকারের দুর্নীতি কিংবা মানুষের শঠতার মুখোমুখি হলে তিনি ভীষণ ক্ষুব্ধ হয়ে পড়তেন। অন্য কোন কাজে মন বসাতে পারতেন না। তিনি ছিলেন জাতির কাছে প্রচন্ড বিশ্বস্ততার প্রতীক। জাতি তাঁর কথায় ও কাজে নির্দ্বিধায় নির্ভর করতে পারতো।

তাঁকে জাতির এই দুর্দিনে হারিয়ে সবাই আমরা অসহায় বোধ করছি। তাঁর আত্মার মাগফেরাৎ কামনা করছি। তাঁর শোক সন্তপ্ত পরিবারের সদস্যদের প্রতি সমবেদনা জানাচ্ছি।

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Yunus at Pre-Announcement Of Nobel Peace Laureates World Summit

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Atlanta has been awarded the Host City status for the 2015 World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. Promoting Global Peace and Engaging Youth will be the focus of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates - Atlanta 2015 and the pre-announcement Ceremony for the Summit held at the Woodruff Arts Center at 11:30 AM on November 22, 2013.

A host of international leaders and celebrities were on hand for the “pre-announcement ceremony”— a prestigious event that will bring the international superstars in Atlanta from Nov. 15 to 19, 2015.

Mayor Kasim Reed accompanied Professor Muhammad Yunus in announcing that Atlanta will host the World Summit in 2015. Prevalent public figures such as former President Jimmy Carter, Ted Turner, and Ambassador Andrew Young gave words of excitement and anticipation for the coming event.